WASHINGTON -- Last-minute budget roadblocks and widespread disenchantment with the highway bill's proposed gas tax increase and "pork barrell" provisions forced House leaders last week to postpone a House vote on the bill until September.

The vote had been expected Friday or Saturday under the House leadership's longstanding plans to complete work on the $153.5 billion bill before the Labor Day recess and go to conference with the Senate after Congress returns on Sept. 11.

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