Senators reach bipartisan deal for long-term transportation bill

Draft work begins after Easter break.

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., along with Sens. David Vitter, R-La., Tom Carper, D-Del., and John Barrasso, R-Wyo., have come to agreement on principles for a new transportation funding bill.

Boxer says the areas of agreement include "passing a long-term bill; ... maintaining the formulas for existing core programs; promoting fiscal responsibility by keeping current levels of funding, plus inflation; focusing on policies that expand opportunities for rural areas; continuing our efforts to leverage local resources to accelerate the construction of transportation projects, create jobs, and spur economic growth; and requiring better information sharing regarding federal grants."

The senators are expected to begin working on their draft once they return from Easter break.

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