Short-term highway funding bill scrapped by Republicans

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House Republicans dropped plans Monday to vote on a three-month extension of federal highway funding, citing insufficient support for the measure. All federally-funded roadwork is slated to grind to a halt on March 31. If Congress fails to act before then, the federal government can not collect $93 million per day in gas taxes, millions of construction jobs could be put at risk and eligible commuters would have to wait longer for a planned boost in employer-paid public transportation subsidies. House Republican leaders planned to hold a vote on the short-term measure Monday evening under a rule that would have required a two-thirds majority vote. But aides said GOP leaders dropped those plans amid sustained opposition from Democrats, who want to vote instead on the two-year $109 billion transportation bill approved by the Senate two weeks ago.

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