Six-year bipartisan deal reached
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 21, 2015) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) today reached an agreement for a multi-year, bipartisan highway bill.
Discussions had been ongoing for months to reach an agreement before current infrastructure funding expired at the end of the month. McConnell said he and Boxer would discuss the deal with their conferences during lunch. He said more details of the bill should be released on Wednesday.
“This is a six-year highway authorization that will allow planning for important long-term projects around the country, and the bill provides three years of guaranteed funding for the highway trust fund,” McConnell said in a press release.
“Senators from both parties know that a long-term highway bill is in the best interest of our country. So we’ll continue working together to get a good one passed,” McConnell said. “Thanks to the dedication of both Republican and Democratic Senators and their staffs, I’m hopeful we will.
“I thank the many members on both sides of the aisle who helped get us as far as we’ve already gotten today. In particular I’d like to thank Chairmen Inhofe, Hatch, Thune and Shelby for their efforts to reach a bipartisan accomplishment,” he said.