News

Congress Finishes Up With Key Legislation, Durbin Weighs In

Congress Finishes Up With Key Legislation, Durbin Weighs In

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

In the final days before a month long recess, Congress managed to agree on two big bills.

One will inject $11 billion into the Highway Trust Fund, which is designed to keep federally-supported road construction projects funded through May. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says without a bill, those projects would have been suspended or cancelled.

“Cutting those jobs off at this point would have been devastating to the economy, not to mention the families involved,” Durbin said.

The second bill is aimed at fixing problems with the Veterans’ Administration. The legislation will provide $16 billion to build new VA hospitals, hire more staff, and allow some veterans to receive private care rather than wait for a VA appointment.

“This is one of the few issues that really brings us all together quickly,” Durbin said.

Both bills are awaiting the President’s signature.

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

Idris Elba makes magazine history

Fresh
idriselba

The "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom" star can now add magazine cover model to his resumé.

in Entertainment

Kevin Bacon pushes for more male nudity in films

Fresh
14-overlay4

NOT SAFE FOR WORK: The "Wild Things" star is jokingly urging the men of Hollywood to demand fair treatment in films and fight for the right to get naked.

in Music

John Fogerty talks ’60s, stolen records

Fresh
14-overlay3

The former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman on being inspired by the 1960s and how stealing a record changed his life.