WASHINGTON -- The House Public Works and Transportation Committee overwhelmingly approved the $153.5 billion highway bill yesterday without taking action on any major amendments that would have permitted the leveraging of federal funds with state and local bonds.

Because of the committee's rush to enact the bill before the current highway program expires on Sept. 30, Rep. Robert Borski, D-Pa., said after the committee markup that he decided not to offer a major leveraging amendment he had been contemplating.

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