Federal transportation bill means $719 million for Wisconsin

Johnson, Sensenbrenner voted no on bill

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.