Senate Rejects Amendment to Balance Highway Trust Fund

An amendment to HR 2887, the bill to extend funds for surface and air transportation programs, would have required that the moneys spent by the Highway Trust Fund in a fiscal year be limited to the revenues raised and appropriated for the Fund within that fiscal year. In sum, it would prohibit the HTF from borrowing money.

The amendment (SA 621) tendered by Senator Rand Paul (KY), garnered only fourteen Republican supporting votes as follows: Burr (NC), Chambliss (GA), Coats (IN), Coburn (OK), Corker (TN), Crapo (ID), DeMint (SC), Johnson (WI), Kyl (AZ), Lee (UT), McCain (AZ), Paul (KY), Risch (ID), and Toomey (PA).

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