By JOAN LOWY, Connected Push
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has purchased alone much more time to complete work on a extended-time period transportation bill.
The Senate has handed an extension of the government’s authority to preserve highway and transit support flowing to states by means of Dec. four. That authority was set to expire on Friday.
The extension — already handed by the House — now goes to President Barack Obama.
Each the Residence and Senate have handed independent steps that would set transportation policy for the up coming six a long time. The bills are similar, but negotiators say they want far more time to reconcile scores of distinctions and to settle on how to shell out for transportation plans.
Transportation groups say they’d rather have much more money over much less a long time than much less cash more than six years.
White Residence press secretary Josh Earnest, accompanying Obama on a flight from Manila to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Friday, told reporters that Obama has provided authority for the legislation to be signed by autopen.
Earnest said there is precedent for signing laws via autopen, which includes an extension of legislation that is about to expire even though the president is abroad.
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