LaHood defends road beautification ahead of Senate funding vote

A showdown last month over such spending nearly put the brakes on an extension of highway funding through March of next year. At the time, Sen. Tom CoburnThomas (Tom) Allen CoburnMr. President, let markets help save Medicare Pension insolvency crisis only grows as Congress sits on its hands Paul Ryan should realize that federal earmarks are the currency of cronyism MORE (R-Okla.) placed a hold on a bill that contained the extension, as well a continuation of aviation funding, that was only released after a vote on amendments produced by Coburn and Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP senators introduce Trump's plan to claw back billion in spending Pro-Trump super PAC raises .5 million in 6 weeks Trump has exposed Democratic hypocrisy on prison reform MORE (R-Ky.).

The amendments failed, and the larger transportation bill was approved on a 92-6 vote.

For his part, LaHood said Wednesday that the Obama administration would "continue to invest in walking paths, biking paths and other forms of transportation."

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidMcConnell not yet ready to change rules for Trump nominees The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by CVS Health — Trump’s love-hate relationship with the Senate Trump to press GOP on changing Senate rules MORE (D-Nev.) has scheduled a vote on McCain's amendment Wednesday.