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Thomas R. Carper

A blur of lobbyists as transportation bill takes shape

Lobbyists are in a frenzy to shape a bill renewing the law that pays for national transportation programs as Congress moves toward final passage of the measure.

Among the many issues: the length of trucks allowed on roads, whether recalled used cars must be repaired before they can be sold and how to pay for bridges and highways.

The bill is the lobbyists' best shot in years at getting policies their clients' like or blocking regulations they don't.

Congress had hoped to reconcile differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill, and send a compromise to President Barack Obama before the government's authority to process highway and transit aid payments...