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Highway overhaul gaining bipartisan momentum
Maybe there is something Democrats and Republicans can agree on: overhauling highway programs
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' Momentum is building for congressional passage of a long-term transportation plan to repair crumbling roads and bridges, move people and freight more efficiently, and boost employment.

Democratic and Republican lawmakers have found there's at least as much that unites them as divides them when it comes to overhauling federal highway programs.

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is scheduled Wednesday to take up a two-year transportation plan backed by the committee's Democratic chairman, Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, and its senior Republican, Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma.

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio recently removed a major roadblock by agreeing to support a continuation of current highway program spending levels. He said Republicans will introduce a six-year transportation plan this month. He expects House passage by year's end.

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