Congress Passes Highway Trust Fund Patch

In Washington, DC, members of Congress approved a temporary budget fix to cover the shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund. Faced with an August deadline, House lawmakers voted 367-55 to pass the multi-billion dollar measure. “The action cobbles together $10.8 billion by using pension tax changes, customs fees and money from a fund to repair leaking underground fuel storage tanks to keep the federal Highway Trust Fund, which pays for transportation programs nationwide, solvent through May 2015,” reports Many legislators argue that a permanent solution is needed. A similar bill is expected to be voted on by the U.S. Senate.  (Highway trust fund NYTimes )