WASHINGTON (May 20, 2015) — By a 387-35 vote on May 19, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a two-month extension of current transportation funding.
The Senate is expected to take up the stopgap measure later this week. If passed, the bill will authorize payments from the Highway Trust Fund to pay for state and local transportation projects until July 31. The existing transportation bill ends May 31.
House Democrats introduced the Obama administration's six-year, $478 billion transportation bill immediately after the vote on the temporary measure.
The Tire Industry Association (TIA) opposes a provision in the Obama package that would pave the way for a return to mandatory tire registration, which was abolished by the Surface Transportation Act of 1982. If mandatory tire registration returns, any tire dealer found in violation of the rule would face penalties of up to $700,000 per location, TIA said.