A bipartisan group of four key senators has reached agreement on the outline of a six-year, $339.2-billion surface transportation measure. The deal was announced on May 25 by Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), along with the committee's ranking Republican, James Inhofe (Okla.), transportation and infrastructure subcommittee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and the subcommittee's ranking Republican, David Vitter (D-La.). The accord signifies progress on legislation long-awaited by the construction industry. But there is still a long way to go.And a critical element is missing: Funding a bill at the $339-billion level would require an infusion of
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