Georgia Congressman Helping Craft A Highway Funding Bill
WASHINGTON — Congressman Rob Woodall says Washington lawmakers are likely to reach agreement on a highway funding bill. The Gwinnett County Republican is on a conference committee that's ironing out differences in versions passed by the House and Senate.
There's debate over whether it should be a three or six year bill. Woodall says Georgia benefits from a longer plan.
"And what we have seen, and Georgia leads the way in this respect, is that when states and localities understand what the Feds are going to do, then those states and localities decide what more needs to be done and they take action on their own.''
The conference committee first hoped to have a bill ready before Thanksgiving. Now, they're aiming for December 4. The panel is still trying to resolve how to fund the measure. As the Washington Postreports, the House and Senate passed six year bills, but only included three years of funding.
Congress has passed a series of stop-gap measures to fund transportation, since the last long-term bill expired in 2010. That's caused headaches for the Georgia DOT, which announced last month it would delay bids on some projects because of uncertainty over federal dollars.