House Approves Rules Change That Could Lead to Reduced Highway & Transit Investment

AASHTO Journal – 2011-01-07

The House of Representatives, assembling Wednesday for the first day of the 112th Congress, adopted a rule change that will make it easier to reduce highway and transit spending in legislation moving through the chamber.

House Republicans, who gained the majority in last November’s election, turned down an effort Tuesday in caucus to modify a rules provision that drops a “point of order” (Rule XXI, Clause 3) in place since 1998 that permitted any representative to object to an appropriations bill containing funding for state highway and transit projects supported by the federal Highway Trust Fund that provides less money than what was previously authorized by law.

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