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 CoburnTom CoburnGOP faces existential threat Sanders tops 2016 field in newly deleted tweets The Hill's 12:30 Report 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 PaulRand PaulCarter pledges probe of sex assault testimony Rand Paul wants to legalize cooperation Dem fears Iran nuke deal gives license to back Saudis 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 ReidSatanists balk at Cruz comparison Cory Booker is Clinton secret weapon Overnight Energy: Dems block energy spending bill for second day MORE (D-Nev.) has scheduled a vote on McCain's amendment Wednesday.