High­way bill stalls, lay­offs loom in con­struc­tion in­dus­try

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

A bi­par­ti­san trans­porta­tion bill failed to clear a pro­ce­dural hur­dle in the Se­nate, ratch­et­ing up pres­sure on law­mak­ers to find a way to keep fed­eral aid flow­ing to high­way and tran­sit pro­grams be­yond the end of this month or face wide­spread con­struc­tion in­dus­try lay­offs.

Se­nate Democrats on Tues­day fell eight votes short of the 60 needed to limit de­bate on a twoyear, $109 bil­lion trans­porta­tion bill. All but two Repub­li­cans voted against the mo­tion.

Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Harry Reid, Ne­vada Demo­crat, ac­cused Repub­li­cans of po­lit­i­cal ob­struc­tion. Se­nate Repub­li­cans said they were try­ing to pre­serve their right to of­fer amend­ments, in­clud­ing on such un­re­lated is­sues as the Key­stone XL oil pipe­line project and pol­lu­tion con­trols for

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