WASHINGTON - The Senate gave final congressional approval to compromise legislation yesterday that would provide $36.5 billion for transportation projects in fiscal 1995.
The Senate's 89-to-11 vote came one day after the House overwhelmingly approved the compromise measure for the fiscal year that begins tomorrow.
House and Senate negotiators hammered out the final version of the spending bill in a marathon six-hour session last week and produced a bill that contained about $2 billion less than both chambers and the Clinton Administration originally requested.
The final bill, which now goes to President Clinton for his signature, would provide $17.6 billion for state highway projects in the new fiscal year, or about $2.5 billion less than approved by the House and Senate appropriations committees over the summer.
Mass transit projects would receive $4.2 billion in fiscal 1995, slightly less than what the appropriations committees had recommended.
The measure would also provide $1.45 billion for airport construction grants in the next fiscal year.