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Is a Bigger Transportation Bill — This Year — Back on the Table?

7:48 AM PDT on October 6, 2009

That's the suggestion that an anonymous "Senate aide" made to Bloomberg News
this morning, recounting a possible White House change of heart as
mounting job losses stoke new debate over a second stimulus bill:

Administration officials have told allies in Congress thata broader transportation bill, and extensions of a homebuyer taxcredit and unemployment benefits are all on the table, a Senateaide said.

Representative Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, who chairs theDemocratic Congressional Campaign Committee that is tasked withholding the party’s House majority in next year’s midtermelections, said additional transportation funding would bepopular among Democratic lawmakers.

“If there was to be another round of stimulus, additionalinfrastructure would be at the top of the list,” Van Hollensaid in an interview. Money for roads, transit and bridges wouldbe a priority.

It's well-known to the Obama administration that members of the House
would prefer passing a new transportation bill sooner than later, but
the president's advisers have been pushing hard to hold off on a
long-term measure until there's a reliable way to pay for it. With the
economy still lagging, however, selling more infrastructure investments
as a "second stimulus" could create the political room to give more to
transit (and roads) -- likely as deficit spending.

What
remains to be seen is whether the administration will publicly get
behind more transportation funding in the shorter term, and whether any
new plan would still be structured as an 18-month "extension" of
existing law, with extra money added in.

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