GOP advances portend tough fight for some infrastructure spending

Republicans' traditional platform of smaller government could spell trouble for the construction industry, which has relied on federal government funds to help it survive a brutal recession. Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., is poised to take over the powerful House Transportation Committee, the lawmaking body's largest. He has been a proponent of infrastructure spending generally, with the exception of the current high-speed rail program. "It was a 'wave' election that was driven by national issues, and members of Congress are going to be very careful how they vote on big national issues in the future," said Jeffrey Shoaf, Associated General Contractors' senior executive director for government affairs,

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