President Barack Obama signed into law H. R. 22, the “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act),” on Dec. 4, 2015. Thank you to the HAR members who responded to NAR’s Call for Action and sent a message to your Member of Congress. This five-year $305 billion highway bill is the first long-term national spending package in a decade. Congress has had a hard time passing traditional six-year highway bills lately, choosing instead to string along short-term extensions to keep funds flowing to states and local governments. The last time Congress passed a transportation funding bill that lasted longer than two years was in 2005.
The Congressional delegation from Houston showed majority support for the transportation bill. The House approved the bill by a vote of 359-65 while the Senate’s approval vote was 83-16.