Senate leaders say deal on transportation overhaul



WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders say they’ve reached a deal that clears the way for a vote on Senate passage of a $109 billion bill to overhaul federal highway and transit programs.

Majority Leader Harry Reid said late Wednesday the agreement limits the number of amendments to be voted upon to 30.

He said the Senate will begin slogging through the amendments on Thursday, and it’s possible that a vote on passage of the bill could come that night.

Reid plans to immediately send the bill over to the House, where GOP leaders have been struggling to corral enough votes to pass their own five-year bill.

Congress is facing a March 31 deadline. That’s when the government’s authority to dispense highway aid and collect about $110 million a day in gasoline taxes expires.