Transportation Spending Bill in Limbo with Congress and the White House at Odds

MAY 17, 2004 - Posted at 8:09 a.m. CDT

WASHINGTON, DC - Congress and the White House are at odds over how much to spend to take care of U.S. roads.

The White House says both the House and Senate versions of a transportation spending bill come with too high a price tag.

A Senate plan calls for $318 billion to pay for the nation's roadways.  The House bill spends just $284 billion.

Since the last plan expired, Congress has approved three temporary measures to keep federal money flowing to the states.  With the latest temporary extension set to run out, at the end of June, there's talk of giving up on a new bill until after the election.

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