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House Transportation Committee Reviews 2,300 Earmark Requests

Roughly three-quarters of House members are seeking a total of almost $14.9 billion for surface transportation ranging from electric bus grants to road expansion as Congress allows for earmarking money for projects after more than 15 years. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is reviewing more than 2,300 projects to ensure that all requests comply with the rules and Congressional leaders expect to get an infrastructure and surface transportation bill on the House floor before July 4th. The committee has said each House member requesting projects would be expected to get about the same amount, between $15 million and $20 million, to earmark in the highway bill. Many members submitted more than that amount, with even individual projects well exceeding that cap.