Senate to extend transportation authorization by 6 months

10/26/2009 | CQ.com (subscription required)

The Senate has dropped plans for an 18-month extension of the surface transportation authorization in favor of a six-month extension. The half-year extension will allow lawmakers to draft a $500 billion highway-and-transit bill. The pressure to create jobs in transportation may have swayed the Senate's decision as the nation approaches a 10% unemployment rate.

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