One day before the cutoff of funds, the U.S. Congress sent President Obama a three-month bill to keep funding for highway and transit. The Senate passed a short-term spending bill by 91 to 4 votes, following the House passing a similar bill a day earlier. The bill also includes renewing of the Export-Import Bank, helping American companies sell their products overseas.
This marks the 34th short-term extension to continue to fund transportation since 2009. Furthermore, the bill includes $8 billion to help fund the federal Highway Trust fund until mid-December of this year. The bill’s most controversial component includes its safety provisions, requiring rental car agencies to fix cars subject to any safety recalls before renting. However, what isn’t included is language that would require car dealers to fix recalled, used cars before putting them out in the market.