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Highway Bill Sparks $14.9 Billion Lawmaker Dash for Pet Projects

May 17, 2021, 9:01 AM

About three-quarters of House members are seeking a total of almost $14.9 billion for surface transportation ranging from electric bus grants to road expansion as Congress opens the door for earmarking money for pet projects after more than 15 years.

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is reviewing more than 2,300 projects to ensure that all requests comply with the rules, committee Chair Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) said last week after the full list was made public.

Hybrid electric city buses are seen on Earth Day, April 22, 2021, in New York City.
Photographer: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

“It’s not an easy process, but it is important because I strongly believe elected representatives—working with their communities—know the specific infrastructure needs of their ...