Senate Democrats are working their Republican counterparts to get support for a two-year highway bill that would rely primarily on current programs to get projects started more quickly and spur job creation. Ideas under discussion include a government-loan program expansion that would promote public-private partnerships. However, passage could be difficult because House Transportation Committee Chairman John Mica, R-Fla., has made passing a six-year transportation bill that would cut funding a priority, according to a committee spokesman.

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