DOT furloughs 3,700 workers after House fails to vote on infrastructure bill

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President Biden walks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Capitol Hill on Friday after attending a meeting with the House Democratic Caucus to try to resolve an impasse around the bipartisan infrastructure bill.

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Biden and House Democrats unite behind his agenda, but they say more time is needed

A department spokesperson said agency officials are taking «every step we can to mitigate the impacts of this temporary lapse in authorization» and are working closely with Congress.

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials criticized Congress’ failure to pass the infrastructure bill in a statement, calling it «unacceptable.»

Week in politics: Democrats continue negotiations on infrastructure bill

Week in politics: Democrats continue negotiations on infrastructure bill




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Rep. Fred Upton discusses the infrastructure bill Oct. 1, 2021

«Yesterday’s inaction on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act isn’t just disappointing—it lapses our highway, transit, and highway safety programs and halts work on vital transportation infrastructure around the country,» Jim Tymon, the organization’s executive director, said.

«We are dealing with very real repercussions,» he added. «Thousands of federal employees at USDOT are being furloughed and $50 billion of federal surface transportation programs supported by the Highway Trust Fund are being suspended. This is unacceptable.»

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