Republicans almost certainly will see their numbers improve in Congress next year, and party hopefuls are hoping to win control of the House and possibly the Senate. Transportation policy law traditionally has been negotiated and passed in a bipartisan fashion, but Republican control of at least one chamber would alter the tone of the discussions on Capitol Hill. In transportation, both surface and aviation measures are operating under temporary extensions, with a December 31 deadline approaching for the surface measure.
How would a Republican-controlled House or Senate change the debate around transportation? If Republicans win control of the House, how would lawmakers handle a temporary extension for surface transportation funding during the lame-duck session? Would a divided government make it more or less likely that lawmakers could hammer out longer-term measures authorization measures? Would transportation get more or less attention under a Republican-controlled House or Senate than it would under Democrats?