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Infrastructure Rumblings

RR041019 RoadApril 10, 2019 – Senate committee leaders have their sights set on an ambitious timeline for the surface transportation reauthorization, which is due by next September, Politico reports. Environment and Public Works Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) is hoping to pass a bill through the committee before the August recess, and ranking member Tom Carper (D-Del.) is on board. "In the past we've sometimes waited till too late," Carper said. "I'd rather be too early than too late." It remains to be seen how that approach will mesh with that taken by the House, where Democrats are planning to advance a broader infrastructure bill later this year. Barrasso said that should be phase two, after passing the reauthorization (phase one).