The Senate passed its version of the surface transportation bill on a vote of 74-22. The bill would provide $109 billion over two years. The bill streamlines regulations for major road projects and directs 80% of fines collected from the 2010 BP Gulf oil spill to coastal restoration in several Gulf states. Now the House takes up the bill. "[T]he plan as it stands right now is to let the Senate pass a bill and take up something that looks like it, unless the House coalesces around a better alternative, which we are actively pursuing," said a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.

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