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Congress Still Working to Pass Long-Term Road Funding

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Ashton Marra
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Sen. Shelley Moore Capito is hopeful Congress can approve a long-term funding plan for the nation’s roads and bridges even though senators were forced to approve yet another short-term measure last week. The Senator made a quick stop in Nitro to talk with reporters about the measure Monday.

Members of the U.S. Senate, including Capito and Sen. Joe Manchin, approved a three-year funding bill Thursday that would mean more than $2 billion in road funding for West Virginia over the bill’s duration. 

Senators, however, were forced to also approve a short-term funding expansion through the end of October because members of the House of Representatives had already left town for their August break.

Still, Capito said she hopes the House will take up the long-term bill as soon as they return in September.

“We are really pushing the House to pass a long-term bill so this state, our state, will have the certainty that we know this project is going to be moving forward, [this] many people are going to go back to work,” she said.

In a statement Thursday, Manchin said the House's inability to vote on the bill leaves Congress "to govern by crisis."

"I would have preferred to just pass the Senate's long-term transportation bill," Manchin said. "My hope is that Congress will be able to pass a long-term extension of this vital funding immediately upon returning from the August recess."

During that September session, Congress will also discuss a nuclear deal with Iran and a reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act.


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