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July 16, 2014
Tuesday’s approval of a short-term transportation funding fix and the seemingly inevitable march of it from the U.S. House to the Senate to the president’s desk staves off the spending crisis Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx warned about.
Officials are cheering it as a victory. Like what House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, a Pennsylvania Republican, told Reuters.
“If Congress fails to act, thousands of transportation projects across the country and hundreds of thousands of construction jobs will be at risk,” Shuster said. “This legislation provides much needed certainty and stability for the states.”
That certainty and stability lasts until May. The reality is transportation planners need a longer time period than that...