Congressional staffers and finance experts said Thursday that the outlook for highway funding is more uncertain than ever, while two transport-oriented lawmakers vowed to work across the aisle to make sure state and local officials have federal support.

The uncertainty is due to the increasingly partisan atmosphere surrounding what was once a relatively nonpartisan issue, said attendees at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Washington Briefing. In addition there is always the political brinkmanship and fundamental uncertainty that goes along with long-term projections of enormous sums of money, the said.

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