The House yesterday approved an $8 billion patch for the anemic Highway Trust Fund, while a Senate committee postponed this week's vote on a stimulus package that would inject billions more into transportation infrastructure.

The postponement comes as the Office of Management and Budget is expected to announce on Monday in its mid-session budget review a trust fund shortfall of $5 billion to $6 billion, double the amount previously projected, according to Rep. John Mica, R-Fla. who is ranking minority member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

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