|Senate extends Highway Trust Fund for another 30 days|
|WASHINGTON POST - Federal Page: March 3, 2010
After the Senate approved a bill extending unemployment benefits and highway funding on Tuesday night, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood called furloughed workers from his department back to work.
“I am pleased that the Senate has acted to break its logjam and extend the Highway Trust Fund for another 30 days,” LaHood said in a statement. “This means that our valued employees may return to work. It also means that their important work getting the economy back on its feet, ensuring Americans’ safety and keeping critical construction projects moving will be able to continue.”
LaHood said the roughly 2,000 DOT workers furloughed without pay for the last two days should report to work as normal on Wednesday.
Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) had blocked the Senate from voting on the bill, a decision that forced LaHood to furlough workers that monitor road construction projects on federal lands and work on national anti-drunk driving and anti-texting campaigns.
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