U.S. House panel approves $547 billion infrastructure boost

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By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. House committee early on Thursday voted 38 to 26 to authorize $547 billion in additional spending over five years on surface transportation, a plan that would mostly go toward fixing existing U.S. roads and bridges and increase funding for passenger rail and transit. The vote after more than 17 hours of debate came as the Senate Commerce Committee is set to unveil a compromise surface transportation bill as early as Thursday, sources said. The House bill adopts some proposals made by Democratic President Joe Biden as part of his broader $2.3 tr…

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