House delays infrastructure vote as last-minute talks hit the wall
Transport and Infrastructure Chamber Speaker Peter A. DeFazio said on Wednesday afternoon that if the infrastructure vote was delayed or the bill was not passed, lawmakers would find a way to s ” ensure that the highway and public transport programs do not expire.
“I mean, there’s no way we’re going to shut down the Department of Transportation,” the Oregon Democrat said. “Either way, we’ll take care of it. “
Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., A board member for DeFazio, said the expiration of the highway law may not have an immediate impact.
“The projects won’t close tomorrow, more likely, because it’s Friday,” Larsen said, but the impact would be felt “soon enough,” and not just among federal Transportation Department employees.
According to a Congressional Research Service report from September 21, 2020, an expiration of the federal surface transportation law would mean the discharge of 3,500 to 4,000 non-exempt employees from legally permitted surface transportation agencies. These include the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transit Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.