WASHINGTON — Key lawmakers yesterday urged the revenue panel of the House Ways and Means Committee to immediately approve a short-term legislative fix for the expected shortfall in the highway trust fund, and in the long run to move toward a vehicle mileage tax to pay for transportation.

The hearing coincided with the committee’s development of a revenue section for the six-year transportation bill that is pending in the House. The bill has been approved by a House Transportation subcommittee, but lawmakers have pointed to a lack of consensus over how to pay for the bill as a large hurdle it must overcome.

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