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BY CHRIS CASTEEL Published: March 18, 2010
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/articleid/3447348/1/pictures/885758">Photo - President Barack Obama smiles as he speaks during a St. Patrick's Day reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, March 17, 2010.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
President Barack Obama smiles as he speaks during a St. Patrick's Day reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, March 17, 2010.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
That will be restored under the bill passed Wednesday, and it will be retroactive to Oct. 1 and effective through the end of this year. On top of that, the state will get an additional $14 million to spend in various transportation programs through 2010.

Inhofe, the top Republican on the Senate committee that writes highway bills, said Wednesday that lawmakers now can start working on a new highway bill; they typically last about five years.

"As I have long said, transportation spending is one of our primary responsibilities as lawmakers here in Congress,” Inhofe said. "I look forward to working closely with Republicans and Democrats in both Houses to produce a bill that is good for Oklahoma and the nation.”

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, voted against the bill, which is expected to add about $13 billion to the federal deficit.

Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., argued against the measure Wednesday, saying, "This isn’t so much a jobs bill as a debt bill.”


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