WASHINGTON -- House and Senate negotiators have reached virtual agreement on a compromise bill establishing highway and mass transportation programs worth $151 billion over six years.
Under the provisions of the bill, the federal government would grant the states about $32 billion for mass transportation and $119 billion for highways.
The negotiations were stalled late yesterday by wrangling over the allocation of money to individual states, with lawmakers from several states contending that they would not get their fair share.
But the prospects for final agreement still appeared to be good.
Hundreds of thousands of construction jobs would be affected by the legislation; some states began to lay off workers after federal highway aid stopped flowing Sept. 30.