The U.S. House is approaching a deadline this week with the delay of a transportation bill.
The Senate earlier passed a $250-billion package on a bi-partisan vote and the current authorization expires at month’s end.
Nebraska Congressman Adrian Smith says he believes they’ll come up with a solution in time.
Smith says, “It’s my understanding that another temporary extension, a short-term extension, will be offered so that we can continue to round up the votes for a longer-term extension.”
Smith says he’s not happy with the way the bill is being delayed.
“I don’t like these short-term extensions,” he says. “I think it really is a way of delaying some tough decisions but we can end up with a better product and I want to keep an open mind. We’ve got some work to do and we better get it done.”
Smith says despite the deadlock, he doesn’t expect highway construction or the jobs associated with that to be affected this year.
“The expiration of the current bill will not take place,” Smith says. “It’s basically extending the status quo. There will still be the funding based on the last authorization bill or last renewal, what, seven years ago now.”
House Republicans are having a hard time agreeing to the spending in the Senate bill.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton