President's desk last step for 5-year transportation bill

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WASHINGTON — All that a transportation bill now needs is a signature from President Barack Obama to become law. Congress approved the measure Thursday with a 359-to-65 vote in the U.S. House and 83-to-16 vote in the U.S. Senate.

The bill known as “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation” act is a five-year reauthorization of federal highway, rail, and transit programs that came from a Congressional conference committee on Tuesday.

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., who also chaired the conference committee, says the bill was “one of the most important measures this Congress will pass.”

“[It is] an investment in America and the infrastructure that underpins our economy. I appreciate the work of all my colleagues on the Transportation Committee and the Conference Committee, on both sides of the aisle, in working to move this legislation forward for our country.”

If signed by the President, the bill would be the longest-term transportation bill in a decade.
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