Senate passes $109 billion transportation bill

March 15, 2012


Washington — A $109 billion transportation bill won approval Wednesday from the Senate but still faces likely political wrangling in the House.

The 74-22 Senate vote showed broad bipartisan support for the two-year measure that extends the federal highway trust fund set to expire at the end of March.
Without an extension, many federally funded projects to build and repair roads and bridges would halt.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, hailed the measure as a jobs bill and urged the Republican-led House to quickly pass it.

The White House also called for rapid House approval on a bill to keep work going on infrastructure projects and provide state and local authorities with “the certainty they need to plan ahead.”

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