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September 30, 2011
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica, R-Florida, has been given a green light from House Republican leadership to seek additional revenue for a multiyear surface transportation reauthorization bill that could avoid a 34% cut proposed in a House budget earlier this year, according to several media reports in the past week.
"Republican leaders in the House of Representatives are willing to try and find more money for highway and bridge construction and transit upgrades as part of long-term transportation funding legislation," Reuters reported. Mica "recently received a commitment from leadership to help identify new sources of funding to try to ensure that budgeting over a six-year period would at least meet today's spending levels, a senior congressional aide told Reuters."…