It is a five-year bill totaling more than $300 billion, primarily designed to help rebuild the nation’s infrastructure.
But, it contains other goodies as well.
“The bill repeals the crop insurance cuts that were made earlier, obviously causing some problems across the agricultural industry,” Congressman Adrian Smith tells reporters during a conference call.
Smith had told reporters earlier that while he was weighing the pros and cons of the transportation bill, the restoration of cuts to the crop insurance program would weigh heavily in his decision.
Smith voted for the package, a compromise worked out between House and Senate negotiators.
Smith says it appears the transportation bill would be the best avenue to restoring the $3 billion dollar crop insurance program, cut during the budget compromise talks.
“It seemed to come up rather quickly and the decision seemed to be rather abrupt that was made just a few weeks ago,” Smith says.
Crop insurance had been touted as the key safety net provision in the 2013 Farm Bill.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]