WASHINGTON -- President Bush has decided to sign the $151 billion highway and mass transit bill, Transportation Secretary Samuel Skinner announced yesterday as the massive, six-year measure headed toward final approval by Congress.

The White House decision to support the bill represents a reversal of previous threats to veto the measure because of its proposed 2.5 cents a gallon gasoline tax extension, as well as its large spending levels and generous 80% federal funding shares for transportation projects.

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