[Washington, D.C.] The U.S. Senate passed their own version of the highway and bridges bill on Tuesday by a 79-18 vote that will fund transportation projects through December. The Senate changes, pushed by Senators Wyden (D-OR), Boxer (D-CA), Carper (D-DE), and Corker (R-TN), set overall temporary funding for the transportation bill at $8.1 billion compared to $10.8 billion passed by the House two weeks ago.
The Senate version of the bill will force the current Congress to find a long-term solution to the Transportation Fund's structural issues before the new year. The House bill would have pushed the debate out to May of 2015 for the next Congress to deal with after the fall elections.
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