Highway and Student Loan Bill Vote Recap

Earlier today, the House and Senate voted on the Highway and Student Loan Bill (H.R.4348). The legislation reauthorized various surface transportation programs through fiscal year 2014 at a cost of $120 billion and extends the 3.4% rate on Stafford loans for one year. The Highway bill bankrupts the Highway Trust Fund by 2015, and the student loan bill costs $5.9 billion in order to help a small percentage of incoming college students pay just $7 less a month in student loans four years from now. The votes are listed below, along with a breakdown of how Republicans and Democrats voted.

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T-HUD Appropriations Vote Recap

Earlier today, the House of Representatives voted on the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R.5972). The act provides a net of $51.6 billion in appropriations for related programs in fiscal year 2013, and increases spending on numerous programs, including the Essential Air Service, Amtrak, and the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority, all of which have been identified as wasteful. The vote is listed below, along with a breakdown of how Republicans and Democrats voted.

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The McClintock “EAS” Amendment Vote Recap

Last night, the House of Representatives voted on the McClintock Amendment to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R.5972). The amendment would have eliminated discretionary spending on the Essential Air Services (EAS) program, which provides subsidies to commuter and regional airlines in order to provide service to rural airports that are not economically viable absent federal subsidies. The key vote is listed below, along with a breakdown of how Republicans and Democrats voted:

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