By a 401-20 vote, the House passed and sent to the Senate a bill (HR 2) authorizing nearly $92 billion over five years for federal highway construction and mass-transit programs. The measure drew wide support as a source of jobs. It would complete the interstate highway system, begun three decades ago. Among its most disputed provisions, the bill retains the 55 m.p.h.-speed limit on interstates, funds scores of "demonstration projects" denounced as pork barrel by the Reagan Administration and contains highway beautification language that environmentalists view as too favorable to the billboard lobby.
Supporter Glenn M. Anderson (D-Harbor City) said the legislation "will assure the completion of the greatest public-works project this country has ever undertaken."