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US Congress rushes to pass funding bill before Friday deadline

US Congress rushes to pass funding bill before Friday deadline

Most essential was support from Trump, who has been known to threaten to veto legislation even when his team is involved in the negotiations. Bus and transit systems will receive $7.6 million, a $2.6 million increase from previous year.

The bill, which passed the House on Thursday, is expected to clear the Senate before the end of Friday and avert another federal government shutdown.

The White House did not respond to queries.

Still, congressional leaders remained hopeful that a shutdown could be avoided.

"New York and New Jersey are two of the richest states in the country". Murphy weighed in as well, calling yesterday's vote a "great move in the right direction".

"Amtrak regards the number one capital improvement as the Gateway project, and we worked with them closely all along on this", Schumer said.

Right now, New Jersey Transit and Amtrak rail service rely on a 107-year-old rail tunnel under the Hudson River that features two tubes to allow for traffic running in each direction. But the tunnel sustained heavy damage in 2012 during superstorm Sandy and needs to be repaired.

"States and the private sector must play a role, but only the federal government has the tax base and funding capacity to underwrite these major new infrastructure upgrades", said Kathryn Wylde, president of the Partnership for New York City, a civic organization representing scores of corporate chief executives. "And the people in NY today are very happy with the results".

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However, it remains unclear how soon construction could begin once funding is approved. There are details to be worked out, but the authorization calls for "expedited" delivery of the program. Trump has also reportedly bristled at providing funds for Gateway because it is a top priority for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

"The message was bipartisan and that's important", Sununu said.

The law specifically protects medical marijuana laws - and, by extension, MMJ businesses - in 46 states, the District of Columbia and the US territories of Guam and Puerto Rico.

Reed and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse support the bill and expect to vote for it either Thursday night or Friday, according to their respective offices.

"It tells our story", she said. "It also sends a strong message that Congress will not acquiesce to President Trump's nonsensical position of the refusal to fund Gateway".

"Funding these projects is a wise investment that will see ample return in the form of economic growth and new jobs for New Jersey", Bracken said. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) and Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook), along with several New Jersey Republicans pressed Ryan and the White House to include funding for Gateway, which they said is crucial to the Northeast and national economy.

"This is not the flawless deal". That's a huge boost given that only a year ago, administration officials were saying the program should be defunded and the money spent elsewhere. "The delegation will have to keep the pressure on".


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