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October 1, 2020

Congress Clears Stopgap Funding Bill, FAST Act Extension

The House and Senate have passed a “Continuing Resolution” to fund federal government programs through December 11 and extend expiring surface transportation programs for one year.  The President signed the bill into law, avoiding a lapse at the beginning of the new fiscal year.

ACEC and other stakeholder groups, including AASHTO, had advocated for the one-year extension of the FAST Act to provide certainty and funding stability for state and local transportation agencies.  The bill also includes a $13.6 billion transfer to the Highway Trust Fund to keep the account solvent through Fiscal Year 2021.

Lawmakers will attempt to finalize a package of annual appropriations bills in a post-election lame duck session of Congress.  Legislative efforts on a long-term reauthorization of surface transportation programs will begin again with a new Congress next year.


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