U.S. highway spending bills pass house, senate

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the U.S., highway spending won’t be going down at all, it’s only a question of whether it’ll climb higher than originally planned.

House and Senate representatives will soon meet to resolve differences between both chambers’ highway funding appropriations. Both versions meet or exceed the amount required guaranteed under federal planning initiatives.

The House bill, H.R. 2299, sets total highway funding at $32.7 billion, including $31.7 billion for the core highway program. The Senate approved an additional $200 million for the core program, with a total highway appropriation of $33.2 billion.

There is still some question whether the president will ratify the package. George W. Bush has threatened to veto both bills due to his ongoing battle with the House and Senate over Mexican trucks.

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