Sept. 9, 2015—Congress returned to Washington on Tuesday to face a pair of looming transportation deadlines that have bedeviled lawmakers for most of the year.
Federal funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and road and transit programs are set to expire on Sept. 30 and Oct. 29, respectively.
Lawmakers had hoped to have finished work on a multiyear highway bill earlier this summer, but gridlock between the House and Senate left the issue unresolved for the fall.
Now Congress will have to tackle highway funding during a month when they expected to be dealing with aviation spending. Both issues will likely have to take a back seat to congressional debate about the Iran nuclear deal and the Pope's visit to Washington this month, raising the possibility of temporary extensions for both highways and aviation.
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