Transportation Bill Receives Support and Passage
Congress passed a transportation bill Friday - after nine extensions and more than one-thousand days. Senator Mike Johanns of Nebraska - one of the affirmative votes for the bill - says the legislation is good news for anyone who drives the nation's highways, lives in flood-prone areas or endeavors to begin college. The bill authorizes federal highway programs for the next two-years and includes an extension of the current student loan interest rate. It also includes a five-year federal flood insurance program reform. National Cattlemen's Beef Association President J.D. Alexander says the bill is a big deal to farm and ranch families across the country - as it prevents certain farm vehicles from vigorous federal requirements and provides additional uniformity across state lines. The legislation also waives certain restrictions for farmers transporting commodities during planting and harvesting seasons.
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