GOP senators want to scale back highway bill
© Greg Nash

A group of Republican senators are pushing to scale back the Senate's six-year highway bill. 

 
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The legislation being considered provides authority for federal funding for six years, but only includes funding for the first three years.
 
According to the amendment, "any authorization or appropriation for each of fiscal years 2019, 2020, and 2021 shall have no force or effect."
 
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said that the current funding setup puts Congress on the path for another "fiscal cliff." 

“Only in Washington could you square a six-year bill with only three years of funding,” Flake said in a statement. “Rather than find itself staring down another fiscal cliff in short order, the Senate ought to exercise some fiscal responsibility now."

Scott added that Congress "should only be planning to fund what we can pay for, plain and simple."

Lawmakers are facing a tight end-of-the-month deadline to pass new highway funding, after approving a two-month extension earlier this year. 

The amendment could add an additional hurdle to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? Overnight Health Care: McConnell offering bill to raise tobacco-buying age to 21 | NC gov vetoes 'born alive' abortion bill | CMS backs off controversial abortion proposal HR 1 brings successful local, state reforms to the federal level and deserves passage MORE's (R-Ky.) push to pass the highway bill by Wednesday so that it can be sent over to the House before lawmakers leave for a month-long recess. 

House leadership has shown little interest in taking up the Senate's legislation, which is expected to include a reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.