Infrastructure Bill Blocked by Senate Republicans

The federal Highway Trust Fund is nearly depleted. State governments dependent on federal aid for new highway, bridge and mass transit projects are preparing for a new construction season with no idea how much they can count on for ongoing or new projects.

Senate Republicans defeated a Democratic amendment to the proposed 2016 budget on Tuesday. The amendment called for $478 billion over a six years but without increasing the deficit. The amendment went down 52 to 45 along party lines.

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