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WASHINGTON The House - Senate conference committee reached a tentative agreement on Wednesday to move through Congress a two year highway bill. This before its members leave for the Fourth of July holiday recess.
No Keystone XL Pipeline
The current transportation bill will expire on Saturday, June 30. If there is not a passage this week, US Department of Transportation programs will have to close down.
Passage of the transportation bill will fund highway programs and projects through the end of 2014.
Reports indicate House Republicans agreed to drop their insistence that the Obama Administration fast-track the Keystone XL Pipeline, which is strongly opposed by American Indian nations in Indian Country. In exchange for dropping the Keystone Pipeline provision, Republicans will get some of their preferred environmental streamlining and transportation enhancement language.
Details of tribal provisions of the bill were not available at press time.
posted June 28, 2012 6:20 am edt