The House and Senate voted on Wednesday to extend the highway and mass transit act until the end of July, nine months after it originally was set to expire, to allow for more time to negotiate a new highway and transit bill. The Senate has approved a $318 billion spending bill for the 2004-09 period, and the House version calls for $284 billion, but the White House says President Bush will veto any bill that goes much beyond $256 billion.

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