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Senate Moves Closer to Debate on U.S. Transportation Bill

February 13, 2012

(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.

--Editors: Bernard Kohn, Katherine Rizzo

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