Senate Comes To Agreement On Transportation Overhaul


Democratic and Republican leaders reached a deal that clears the way for a Senate vote on passage of a $109 billion bill to overhaul Federal transit and highway programs, The Associated Press reported.

According to the news outlet, the agreement limits the number of amendments to be voted upon to 30, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) noted that after a day of deliberations, the vote could occur in the coming days.

The AP reported that Reid plans to immediately send the bill over to the House, where leaders from the GOP have been struggling to corral enough votes to pass their own five-year bill.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) warned rank-and-file Republicans that if they do not act quickly to pass their own bill, he will bring the Senate bill to the House floor for a vote.

The Hill reported that Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said that she was thrilled to hear Boehner could put the chamber’s version of the legislation up for a vote in the House.

“I love it,” Boxer said of Boehner’s statement. “The fact is this is a proven bipartisan bill.”

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