Long Mulls Long-Term Transportation Fix as House Recesses

Posted on August 5, 2015 14:27 pm CDT

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- "I don't like these extensions more than anyone else."

Rep. Billy Long told KOLR10 a long-term fix to the country's transportation funding is paramount, and a bill to do that awaits him and other House lawmakers after their August recess.

On Thursday, the Senate passed a long-term bill that would change highway, transit, railroad and auto safety programs, but only the first three years of the six-year bill are budgeted.

Both houses of Congress have passed a short-term, three-month funding solution. Funding, though, Long tells KOLR10 is the source of gridlock for a long-term agreement.

"I think we've done 30-something highway extensions in the past," Long said. "It's time to get serious and come up with a long term highway funding bill. The question is, how do you pay for it? There's disagreement on that. So, I think this three month time frame will allow us to get that all worked out."

This week's short-term fix is the 34th extension since 2009.

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