Senate passes transportation bill with bi-partisan support

The Senate passed a two-year, $109 billion bipartisan transportation bill in a 74-22 vote today.   According to Majority Leader Harry Reid, the Senate bill, cosponsored by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), would help fix 70,000 failing bridges and save or create 2.8 million jobs.

The bill keeps federal public transportation funding level while at the same time expanding the federal loan program for transportation projects including public-private partnerships.  

All yes will now be on the House with only 17 days left until expiration of the transportation bill.