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Lawmakers Upset Over Partial Transportation Funding

This weekend the U.S. Senate wrapped up its work until after Election Day. One of the last orders of business was to pass a bill keeping the government funded for the next six months. But there was a problem with the bill.

Leaders left out half a billion dollars in highway funding, which advocates and lawmakers in the region say must be restored. Maryland Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin says the omission is frustrating because lawmakers already agreed to a two-year highway bill.

"It's important for two reasons," says Cardin. "First the dollars are important. But secondly the message of whether what Congress does means anything. And here we gave a two-year commitment. The money should be there for two years."

Lawmakers say they believe the highway money will be restored in the fall during the lame duck session.

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