Deficit Puts Brakes on Highway Spending

The state of the budget has blocked nation-wide highway improvements.
February 3, 2004, 12pm PST | Adam Weiss
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"Multibillion-dollar legislation authorizing new highway construction in hundreds of communities has become unexpectedly bogged down in Congress by differences between GOP fiscal conservatives and Republicans willing to spend more to create jobs." Election year politics play a big role in the sudden change of plans. " 'In order to pass the highway bill, you've got to placate members first on the committee, then off the committee,' said Rep. John L. Mica (R-Fla.). 'It's the money that oils the wheels that turns the transportation legislation.' "

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Published on Monday, February 2, 2004 in The Washington Post
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