Barbara Boxer
Congress approves temporary highway funding measure
Congress approves temporary highway funding measure

Congress, after a temporary detour, approved a stopgap plan Thursday to fund transportation projects through next May, sending the measure to President Obama. Acting in the final days of its session before lawmakers break for a five-week summer recess, the Senate approved a House measure 81-13 that relies on a controversial budgetary maneuver to provide $10.8 billion to replenish the Highway Trust Fund, which was on track to run out of money in less than a month. The resolution of the funding crisis satisfied few in either party despite the bipartisan votes. Both sides agreed to kick the matter down the road, just not on how far. An earlier Senate bill approved Tuesday would have provided...