CHEYENNE - Wyoming would directly benefit from a $90 billion federal transportation spending bill, Sens. Craig Thomas and Mike Enzi said.
The measure passed by a 91-3 vote in the Senate on Thursday and is headed to a House-Senate conference committee to negotiate a compromise.
The Senate parted with the House in voting to allow the White House to proceed with rules to increase competition between the private and public sector for government contracts.
Wyoming would benefit from $211.8 million in highway funding, up $28 million from last year; $102 million plus carry-over funds for the Essential Air Service program; $5.6 million for Wyoming's bus transit program; a one-year extension of construction of a Cheyenne bus facility; $3.5 million for the Seminoe Dam Road project; $5 million for electronic highway message signs; and $500,000 for the joint Wyoming-Montana port of entry north of Sheridan.
The Western Research Institute in Laramie would receive an additional $1 million to continue research into improved asphalt, and the Federal Aviation Administration would be instructed to provide priority consideration for placing a radar unit at the Jackson Hole Airport.
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