The federal surface transportation authorization law has expired, ending transportation funding for states and forcing the furloughs of thousands of employees. Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., invoked procedural motions to block an extension of the law, saying it would add $10 billion to the nation's deficit. The expiration means states lose out on daily reimbursements of $153.6 million from the Federal Highway Administration and $31.4 million a day from the Federal Transit Administration. Several highway programs also will close until an agreement is reached.
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