The Senate on Wednesday passed an amendment to its proposed $54 billion transportation and housing spending bill, prioritizing bridge projects, according to a report from The Hill.
“We all know that the federal government’s highway trust fund dollars are stretched very thin, and not enough is reaching the core infrastructure needs. … We’ve got to be very careful and resourceful on how we spend those funds,” Portman said of his amendment prior to the Senate’s vote.
Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.), chairwoman of the Appropriations subcommittee that handled the spending bill for the departments of Transportation (DOT) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD), said the bill allocates $500 million for bridge repairs.
The amendment comes one day after the White House released a statement that it “strongly supports” the THUD bill the Senate is considering, which allots $9.9 billion higher than the House’s proposed spending bill.
Following on the Senate’s announcement that it would consider the bill this week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Wednesday morning he wants to “wrap this bill up” in 24 hours.