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Bill Nelson

Senate moves forward on 6-year highway, transit bill

The Senate agreed Wednesday to take up a sweeping transportation bill a little over a week before states will face a cutoff of highway and transit aid in the middle of the summer construction season. The GOP-drafted bill would set policy and authorize transportation programs for six years, but provides only enough to pay for the programs for three years. The vote was 62 to 36. Sixty votes were necessary to proceed. Despite an array of concerns Democrats voiced with the bill over the past two days — including that some provisions may undermine safety, that transit programs didn't received their fair share of funding and that the spending offsets include budget gimmickry...