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March 13, 2013 10:20 AM, EDT
Senate Restores MAP-21 Transportation Funding Levels Cut by House

The Senate restored the transportation funding that was cut last week by the House in the House’s proposed continuing resolution to fund the federal government through September.

The Senate amendment to the continuing resolution would maintain the funding levels dictated by MAP-21, the two-year, $109 billion transportation funding bill signed last summer by President Obama.

The House slashed $117 million in transport funding from the MAP-21 authorization and $555 million in funding for such highway safety programs as state grants to curb drunk and distracted driving.

Meanwhile, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), chairman of the House Budget Committee, unveiled his proposed fiscal year 2014 budget on Tuesday that would end funding for high-speed rail, among other cuts.