The inability of lawmakers to agree on how best to fund a long-term infrastructure plan could mean another short-term patch to the existing highway bill come May.
Politico reported Feb. 5 that Rep. Charles Boustany, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, said between now and the expiration of the current bill lawmakers would need to find something to “buy some time until we can coalesce around a more permanent solution.”
Congress in July passed an $11 billion bailout of the current Highway Trust Fund that extended the highway law until May 2015.
Lawmakers continue to debate a long-term funding solution, with most recent discussions centered on implementing a one-time tax on offshore earnings or increasing the motor fuels tax.
Both ideas have been hotly contested by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
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