Federal transportation bill means $719 million for Wisconsin
Johnson, Sensenbrenner voted no on bill
GREEN BAY, Wis. — The new highway bill that Congress approved this week preserves funding flexibility for transit systems in Green Bay and Appleton.
The bill passed Friday, in the House by a vote of 373-52, and in the Senate by a 74-19 vote.
A Green Bay Press-Gazette report said the only members of the Wisconsin delegation to vote no were Sen. Ron Johnson and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, both Republicans.
The measure authorizes about $100 billion for federal highway programs over the next two years.
GOP U.S. Rep. Tom Petri said Wisconsin is slated to receive $719 million next year and $725 million in 2014.
The transportation bill also included a provision to help college students. It keeps the 3.4 percent interest rate on subsidized Stafford loans from doubling on Sunday.