House lawmakers approved $30 billion for road and highway funding in the 2018 transportation bill, with a $1.8 trillion package for the next two years.
The $30.8 billion package is the biggest transportation package ever enacted by the House of Representatives, and is a large sum of money that the president has been trying to make up for lost ground in the post-election period.
“The President has made it clear that he will not compromise on our nation’s highways, and he has made clear that we need to provide our highway funding,” House Transportation Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said in a statement.
“This is a big deal for the American people, and the American taxpayers, who are being asked to foot the bill for the President’s dangerous, over-the-road projects.”
In addition to the highway funding, the legislation also includes a massive $20 billion infrastructure package for infrastructure that will help provide more certainty to Americans on roads and bridges.
Jordan’s House Ways and Means Committee is set to vote on the highway bill next week.