The federal government will need to make difficult and politically divisive choices to maintain highway funding in coming years, transportation experts told members of the House Budget Committee Wednesday.

The hearing, requested by Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., focused on how to keep the federal highway trust fund solvent over the long run. The Congressional Budget Office currently projects that the trust fund will reach insolvency sometime in fiscal year 2015 as needs increase and federal gas tax revenue continues to stagnate or decline.

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