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Senate votes to advance transportation bill debate

Posted on July 23, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Senate voted Wednesday to advance a six-year, $47 billion highway funding bill to help states repair crumbling roads and bridges throughout the nation, USA Today reported.

The 62-36 vote came just a day after a majority of senators balked at approving a motion to proceed to debate on the bipartisan bill, which was negotiated by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and James Inhofe (R-OK). Senators of both parties objected to the fact that they were presented with a 1,030-page bill just an hour before they were asked to vote Tuesday, the report said.

However, with the Highway Trust Fund set to run out of money on July 31, senators were ready to act Wednesday to move forward on the bill, which authorizes highway funding for six years but only provides money for the first three years, according to USA Today. For the full story, click here.

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