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House GOP Scores Short Highway Trust Fund Extension

Republicans and Democrats in the House joined forces to avert a shutdown of highway transportation funding. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A short-term extension of highway funding easily passed the House in a 367-55 vote Tuesday, setting up a rare bipartisan cross-Dome deal that will likely avert a shutdown of construction projects around the country.  

Neither side heralded the bill as a breakthrough in bipartisanship, but House Republican leaders scored a tactical victory by crafting a package that the White House endorsed, many Democrats voted for and that passed over the objections of conservative outside groups .  

Only 10 Democrats and 45 Republicans voted against the patch. House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer of Maryand said earlier in the day that Democrats would have a preferred a longer-term deal that shored up the highway trust fund's solvency for years to come, or an extension that did not last as long. Republicans' bill extends highway funding through May 2015.  

But Hoyer said he and many Democrats accepted the deal because there were no other viable options in the short term.