House and Senate lawmakers appointed to negotiate an agreement for final approval hope to complete their work this week. One of the stumbling blocks toward a final agreement is Hours of Service (HOS) rules limiting the number of hours worked by commercial truck drivers. The current short-term extension funding the highway program expires on December 4.
In July, the Senate passed a long-term highway bill that funds the program for 6 years but only fully funds the program for 3 years. The House passed a similar bill on November 5. Congress could pass another short-term extension if an agreement is not finalized early this week.