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 Senate Expected to Pass Short-Term Authorization this Weekend


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This weekend, the Senate is expected to pass H.R. 2353, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015.  This legislation, sponsored by House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), would extend MAP-21 through July 31.  The current extension of the MAP-21 surface transportation authorization is set to expire on May 31, absent Congressional action.

H.R. 2353 passed the House of Representatives on Tuesday by a vote of 387-35-1.  On Thursday afternoon, Members of the House held their last votes for the week and were allowed to return to their districts until June.  The Senate, however, is working to finalize votes on Trade Promotion Authority and an extension of the Patriot Act.  These two bills have pushed back the schedule of the Senate, delaying the vote for the authorization extension before the Memorial Day recess.  However, Senate Leaders have indicated that a vote on the extension will be among the last items on the Senate agenda before Memorial Day.

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