Senate passes short-term highway funding extension

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The Senate passed a 30-day, short-term extension of federal highway programs on Saturday, sending the legislation to President Biden, who is expected to sign.

Why it matters: Roughly 3,700 Transportation Department employees were temporarily furloughed after Congress failed to reauthorize the programs because Republicans rejected the legislation on Friday.

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  • The Senate's passage of the bill and Biden's expected signature will ensure that those federal employees will no longer be furloughed.

  • The House unanimously passed the short-term extension on Friday night.

The big picture: The $1 trillion, bipartisan infrastructure package includes funding that would authorize the programs for a longer amount of time, but that legislation is now stalled in the House because of debate over the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package.

Go deeper: Biden floats roughly $2 trillion price tag for reconciliation

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