Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives are making concessions to pass a shorter transportation bill than initially proposed. Lawmakers had sought a five-year, $260 billion bill but didn’t have the votes to pass it, especially without mass transit. Because of the size and complexity of the bill, it was contentious between the Obama administration and the House and Senate throughout the compiling and revision phases. Reports indicate that this will continue further.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-OH, is taking steps to pass the bill, including making it shorter, although he had not announced a precise duration as of Friday, Feb. 24.