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It was a rare spark of hope last year when the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee gave bipartisan approval to a five-year highway bill that sought to streamline regulations and address climate change concerns.
Senators, stakeholders, and even President Donald Trump celebrated the committee’s work. EPW’s five-year, $287 billion reauthorization of the FAST Act garnered thumbs up on social media, and during the self-proclaimed “Builder-in-Chief’s” most recent State of the Union address.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) did her part last week when she led her caucus in giving partisan backing to a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan that, among other things, would reauthorize surface transportation programs. That $494 billion reauthorization, much like the Senate bill, left unresolved the looming insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund. Yet, the House bill did include provisions pertaining to transit and freight policy. The EPW bill did not.
On July 1, Delaware Sen. Tom …