Republican opposition to a six-month extension of the current transportation bill has killed the plan in the Senate. Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn., had hoped for a short extension so that Congress would be pressured to agree to a $500 billion, six-year authorization of transit and highway programs. Instead, lawmakers will vote on a stopgap spending measure for the authorization bill by the end of the week. The current bill expires Oct. 31, and the stopgap measure would extend funding through Dec. 18.

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