Kate Hinds is an Associate Producer for WNYC News. She also reports for WNYC and Transportation Nation, a public radio reporting project that combines the work of multiple newsrooms to provide coverage of how we build, rebuild and get around the nation.
Senate Dems Launch Transpo Funding Countdown Clock
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 02:58 PM
Senate Democrats, already on full boil over the highway funding standoff, are turning the heat up even higher: they've launched a countdown clock to tick down the minutes until the federal road funding authorization expires on March 31.
House Republicans have tried this week for both a 90-day and a 60-day extension of current funding levels, but both efforts were blocked by Democrats who want to see the Senate's two-year, $109 billion bill come to the floor. It remains unclear whether a vote on an extension will come on Wednesday.
If no agreement is reached by March 31, the government's authority to collect the 18.4 cents-per-gallon gas tax that funds federal transportation programs expires.
Earlier Wednesday, New York Senator Charles Schumer tweeted: "W/only 3 days til deadline, @SpeakerBoehner still hasn’t acted on highway bill. Senate bill has the votes to pass. Bring it up now."
To read TN's coverage of the highway funding standoff, go here.