House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and other House Democrats met with a group of infrastructure experts yesterday to discuss alternatives for funding improvements to the nation's infrastructure, including pending legislation that would allow issuance of up to $60 billion of taxable tax-credit bonds to help finance publicly owned projects.

"We are hoping to get something done before next year" to boost infrastructure funding, Pelosi told reporters after the meeting, adding that the discussion would also help lawmakers as they begin drafting legislation to replace the current transportation funding law, which expires Sept. 30, 2009.

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