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Senate passes highway funding bill despite Bush veto threat

[JURIST] Despite President Bush's veto threat, the Senate Tuesday passed a $295-billion highway bill [full text] to build more roads and create jobs by an 89-11 vote. The White House said $284 billion was the most it would approve; the House bill was for this amount [AP report]. The Senate added $11 billion to the bill but said it had come up with new ways to generate the extra money without adding to the deficit. A highway bill has not been passed since September 2003 [AP report]; that bill has been extended six times as a temporary solution, with the latest extension expiring May 31.

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