Members of Illinois’ congressional delegation are promoting changes to a U.S. House transportation bill. They say the bill, as-is, would deprive the state of millions in highway funds and jeopardize mass transit. U.S. Reps. Dan Lipinski (D-Western Springs), Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) and Judy Biggert (R-Hinsdale) Tuesday announced amendments to the bill.
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The proposed changes would restore a portion of federal gasoline taxes for the funding of transit programs. Without it, transit agencies would be more vulnerable to cuts. The bi-partisan group also seeks to secure money for large transportation projects with national significance, and wants what they consider a fair pre-tax benefit for transit riders to help ease road congestion. House Republicans want a vote on the bill sometime after this week’s recess.