WASHINGTON -- A $153 billion highway bill drafted by House leaders, like the bill passed by the Senate last week, proposes an 80% federal funding share for most highway and mass transit projects and would give state and local governments greater flexibility, Rep. Norman Mineta said yesterday.

"We will propose a level playing field," when the five-year bill is formally introduced in the second week of July, the California Democrat told the American Road and Transportation Builders Association yesterday. Rep. Mineta is chairman of the Public Works and Transportation Committee's surface transportation subcommittee.

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