(Updates with Obama administration, House starting in third paragraph.)
Feb. 9 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Senate’s surface- transportation legislation passed the first in a series of votes needed to bring it to the floor for debate.
The vote today was 85-11. Sixty votes were needed to let the Senate get closer to debate on the bill, which would provide $109 billion over two years.
President Barack Obama supports the Senate bill, his Office of Management and Budget said in a statement today.
The House plans a vote Feb. 17 on its five-year, $260 billion version of the bill, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Virginia Republican, said today.
The House bill is H.R. 7. The Senate bill is S. 1813.
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