Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) speaks during a hearing in Washington on June 30, 2020. (Susan Walsh/Pool/Getty Images)
The U.S. Senate on Saturday approved a 30-day extension of funding for federal highway programs.
A day after the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the extension, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) brought it to the floor by asking for unanimous consent.
The move lets a bill pass without a recorded vote but enables a single senator to block it through an objection.
No senators objected.
The bill, introduced by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), is meant to resume funding for federal highway programs, including the Highway Trust Fund. The funding lapsed on Friday. Fresh funding was part of the Senate-passed infrastructure bill, but House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has delayed a vote on the bill multiple times amid infighting in her caucus.
The highway extension bill now heads to President Joe Biden’s desk.
Biden went to Delaware on Saturday. It’s not clear when he aims to sign the legislation. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Democrats delaying the passage of the infrastructure bill led to the furlough of over 3,700 Department of Transportation workers.
Jim Tymon, executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, said the group appreciates Congress passing the temporary extension but called for passing the infrastructure bill.
“This particular extension doesn’t include any new funding for state departments of transportation until October 15, leaving them without support from their federal partners for weeks while they continue the work of moving people and goods through our communities,” he said in a statement.
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.