Lawmakers couldn't agree on extending federal highway and transit funding by the Feb. 28 deadline, and the Department of Transportation is now taking measures to cut spending. The agency has furloughed 2,000 workers without pay and is withholding reimbursements to states and stalling huge construction projects. An Obama administration plan to shift $200 million in highway taxes to a Liveable Communities program has angered some industry groups. By letting the deadline slide, federal safety enforcement of the trucking industry has been disrupted as well.

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