The Senate’s DRIVE Act, a six-year highway funding act that would remove carriers’ CSA scores from public view, nearly hit a fate-sealing wall Friday, but a special Sunday session appears to have the legislation back on track. And lawmakers in Congress’ upper chamber could vote on the legislative package as early as today.
Following a few days of back and forth jabs between lawmakers in the Senate over potential amendments to the already 1,000-page long bill, Senate leaders say they’re ready to make another push at getting the legislation passed and sent to the House before Congress’ month-long August recess.
However, House leaders have made no qualms about what they intend to do with the bill if they receive it this week: Nothing, for now.
The House passed earlier this month a short-term patch that funds roads and bridges through the middle of December, and leaders Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) say the lower chamber has concluded its work on highway funding bills until after the August recess, setting up a potential showdown between Republican leaders in the two chambers.
If the Senate can pass its highway bill early this week — and if lawmakers in the House stick to their word — the Senate may have to also take up the House’s short-term patch before Friday, as to prevent highway funding from running dry during Congress’ recess.