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US transit overhaul gains bipartisan momentum

Senate backs 2-year plan for highways

By Joan Lowy
Associated Press / November 10, 2011

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A Senate panel cleared legislation yesterday overhauling federal highway programs, prompting lawmakers to talk of a looming bipartisan consensus that would end years of stalemate on repairing and expanding an aging transportation network. In a rare show of bipartisanship, the 18 members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee pushed the legislation forward for further action, even withholding, for now, amendments that hadn’t been agreed to in advance by both parties.

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