Federal Transportation Bill Means $719M for Wis.

Posted: Saturday, June 30, 2012 --- 2:33p.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The new highway bill that Congress approved this week preserves funding flexibility for transit systems in Green Bay and Appleton.

The bill passed Friday, in the House by a vote of 373-52, and in the Senate by a 74-19 vote.

A Green Bay Press-Gazette report (http://gbpg.net/N1lDGg ) says the only members of the Wisconsin delegation to vote no were Sen. Ron Johnson and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, both Republicans.

The measure authorizes about $100 billion for federal highway programs over the next two years.

GOP U.S. Rep. Tom Petri says Wisconsin is slated to receive $719 million next year and $725 million in 2014.

The transportation bill also included a provision to help college students. It keeps the 3.4 percent interest rate on subsidized Stafford loans from doubling on Sunday.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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