House passes short-term highway patch

By Keith Laing and Cristina Marcos.

The House approved a measure by voice vote on Monday to extend federal transportation funding for two weeks in an effort to prevent a highway-funding shutdown.

The measure would extend federal transportation spending — currently set to expire on Friday — until Dec. 4. The Senate is expected to quickly take the patch up at the end of this week to prevent an interruption in the nation's infrastructure projects. 

Lawmakers are hoping the latest temporary highway funding patch will provide time for them to finish work on a long-sought multiyear infrastructure bill.