ATLANTA, Ga - A massive transportation bill will guarantee billions of dollars for Georgia, but the bill isn't all about your commute.
Part of the bill deals with a nuisance fish called the Asian Carp.
"That is American tradition," said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, a supporter of the transportation bill.
The $105 billion dollar transportation bill will assure Georgia and other states of getting their slice of the federal gas tax. For the past two years, states have operated without knowing exactly how much they would receive in federal dollars for transportation improvements. The Georgia Department of Transportation says President Obama's signing of the transportation bill will help them plan for road improvements and other projects.
Georgia is expected to receive about $1.2 billion in federal transportation dollars over the next two years.
The 545 page bill includes deadlines that will require states to begin transportation projects within a given amount of time or risk losing federal funding.
But the bill also includes items that won't help you travel between work and home.
Included in the transportation bill is a program to prevent the Asian carp from spreading to the Great Lakes. The carp is a nuisance fish that leaps from the water.
The bill calls for a study to look at Native American tribes and their participation in the national flood insurance program.
Part of the transportation bill will keep the interest rates on student loans from doubling. That would have affected millions of students around the country.
There's also a call to promote tourism in the Gulf Coast in the wake of the BP oil spill. The money would come from fines levied against BP.
Georgia Representative Phil Gingrey called it "business as usual in Washington."
"This bill authorizes $15 billion more in annual spending than annual revenues and could therefore set the state for a future bailout," said Gingrey. "Because it doesn't give states the needed flexibility to determine their own transportation needs, I felt compelled to vote against the legislation."
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, who was present at the White House when President Barak Obama signed the bill into law, says he's not disappointed that the bill included items like the Asian carp.
"There are very few bills that pass Congress that don't have other issues covered," said Reed. "This is a massive important piece of legislation. I would rather allow Georgia to plan their transportation needs and get men and women back on the payroll than criticize the bill over small matters."
Reed, a supporter of the regional transportation tax, says Georgia still needs the tax to take care of a back log of transportation projects.