WASHINGTON — Legislation passed by the House late Wednesday would provide $50 million for the ongoing reconstruction of Glacier National Park's Going-to-the-Sun Road.
Montana Sen. Max Baucus, a Democrat, originally designated funding in last year's transportation bill. The Federal Highway Administration has refused to disburse the money for Going-to-the-Sun Road, because of the way the legislation was worded.
Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., included the language in a House bill that made a series of corrections to last year's transportation legislation.
"After months of errors and ineffective attempts to restore this funding, Going-to-the-Sun Highway is going to get the $50 million it was promised," Rehberg said in a statement.
Barrett Kaiser, a spokesman for Baucus, said the senator would work to include the funding in a similar corrections bill moving through the Senate. Baucus is on the committee that is expected to consider the bill.
Baucus tried last month to put the money in a wartime spending bill, but House appropriators refused to include it, along with several other items that added expenses to the bill. President Bush had threatened to veto the legislation, on grounds of excessive spending.