Senate Approves $1 Billion to Repair Crumbling Bridges

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CAPITOL HILL (AP) - The Senate has approved one billion dollars for repair and replacement of America's crumbling network of bridges.

The Senate approved the funds on a 60-33 vote as the Senate began debate on a more than $104 billion measure that would fund transportation and housing programs for the budget year beginning October 1st.

If approved, the Democratic plan would boost federal funding next year for bridge repair and replacement by 20 percent, but would make barely a dent in the $65 billion nationwide backlog of bridge repairs identified by the Department of Transportation.

The underlying bill faces a veto threat from President Bush, however, for exceeding his request by more than four billion dollars.