As part of its efforts to curb the growing deficit, White House officials say they will block the six-year, $318 billion highway spending bill being considered in the Senate this week unless the spending total is dropped to $256 billion. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R.-Tenn., is encouraging passage of the bill and says it will create up to 2 million jobs. President George W. Bush's $2.4 trillion budget proposal rolls back non-defense spending, and includes cuts in the Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency water infrastructure accounts and a freeze on highway and mass transit spending.

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