WASHINGTON — A coalition of public finance groups is lobbying hard for House and Senate conferees working on a long-term highway bill to include a provision that would temporarily increase the limit for bank-qualified bonds.

Eighteen groups, including the Government Finance Officers Association and Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, sent a letter to Senate Environment and Public Works chairwoman Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and House Transportation Committee chairman John Mica, R-Fla., urging them to include the bank-qualified provision from Boxer’s Senate measure in whatever final bill the committee produces.

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