House passes highway bill as deadline looms

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 15, 2014 at 4:02 pm •  Published: July 15, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed a bill that would temporarily patch over a multibillion-dollar pothole in federal highway and transit programs.

The vote was 367 to 55. A similar bill is pending in the Senate.

The bill cobbles together $10.8 billion by using pension tax changes, customs fees and money from a fund to repair leaking underground fuel storage tanks to keep the federal Highway Trust Fund, which pays for transportation programs nationwide, solvent through May 2015. A similar bill is pending in the Senate.

Without congressional action, the fund will no longer have enough money to cover promised aid to states by the first week in August.