In a move that many saw as inevitable unless lawmakers acted, the Department of Transportation announced recently that the dwindling Highway Trust Fund would have to begin delaying payments to state governments in August.
In a press release, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said “there is still time for Congress to act on a long-term solution,” adding that he hoped “Congress will avert this crisis before it is too late.”
Delayed payments would mean financial difficulties for the states, postponement of planned highway projects, and delays on the projects that are already underway. Yet Washington lawmakers continue to struggle over how to replenish the trust fund.
Foxx also said Tuesday there is “no good option when we're...