House Abandons Five-Year Highway Bill

As the Partnership to Save Highway Communities and other groups were gearing up for a possible floor vote to attach an amendment on rest area commercialization to the highway bill, House Republicans decidedĀ  to put the highway bill on hold late Friday afternoon. While the future of the bill is uncertain, the House reportedly plans to pass a shorter-term bill.

The five-year, $260 billion highway bill was scheduled to come to the floor this week for a full House vote, but Democrats and some conservative Republicans were united in opposition to the bill.

At this time, the Partnership is working to determine what this will mean for language in the bill that would have allowed states to sell advertising and sponsorships at rest areas as well as Amendment 217, which seeks to allow the commercialization of rest areas located both on and off the interstate highway.

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