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Congressional Budget Office

Biggest banks battle to keep fed pot of gold out of highway bill

WASHINGTON _ Wall Street is desperately trying to persuade U.S. House lawmakers to kill a proposal that would use money from banks to fix the nation's highways. A key concern is that once Congress taps the finance industry to help fund infrastructure projects, it won't be able to stop.tmpplchld At stake is an annual dividend of 6 percent the banks receive from the Federal Reserve, which totals less than $350 million apiece for JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc. and Wells Fargo & Co. The Senate wants to cut the dividend and use the money to help pay for a highway funding bill.tmpplchld The threat of losing it became more serious last week when Senate...