A deal with Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) that freed a stalled stopgap highway-aviation bill is changing another bill. A two-year highway measure that Environment and Public Works panel leaders are drafting now will give states new flexibility in the transportation enhancements program. Under current law, states must spend 10% of their Surface Transportation Program aid on bike paths and other enhancements. Coburn said that diverts funds from other uses, such as bridge upgrades.
The 2016 Summer Olympics boating and swimming events have put an international spotlight on what has been a long-running problem in Rio de Janeiro—untreated sewage and trash are clogging up major bays and waterways.