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Public transportation projects could lose some funding under a proposal in Congress that would shift some funding from public transportation projects to highway projects.
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Public transportation projects could lose some funding under a proposal in Congress that would shift some funding from public transportation projects to highway projects.

When Congress returns this week, the House will have some remaining work to do on a controversial transportation bill that has a big impact on the region. 

The fund to fix the nation's crumbling roads and bridges is low, and House Republicans are scrambling to find new revenue sources. One idea would shift money away from mass transit projects into highway repairs, which is vehemently opposed by urban lawmakers. Now, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) seems to be walking back that proposal. 

But Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) says the legislation recognizes the need to tackle the nation's soaring debt. "We don't have the money that we wish we have," Griffith says. "We can't continue to spend money we don't have."

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) isn't supporting the public transportation cuts either -- at least where they affect projects in his state. 

Boehner still faces an uphill battle getting the transportation bill passed in the House, where many Republicans still oppose the bill because of its price tag. Experts say millions of jobs are hanging in the balance because of the stalled legislation.  

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