Lawmakers try to save stalled transportation bill

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

House and Senate leaders are making a last attempt to revive stalled legislation to overhaul federal transportation programs.

The measure is Congress' best bet for passage of a jobs bill
this year, but prospects for passage before the November election
are dimming.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John
Boehner, as well as two key committee chairmen, are scheduled to
meet today to discuss how to handle a collection of sensitive policy and financing matters still in dispute.

A 47-member House-Senate committee has been holding negotiations on the bill for over a month, but they have been unable to reach agreement on a host of difficult issues.

Time is running short. Authority to spend money on transportation aid to states expires June 30.

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