House Transportation Committee chairman Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., has been given the go-ahead by leadership to include $15 billion more for transportation programs in his multi-year bill, if he can find the revenue, sources said.

“The chairman has the commitment of House leadership to seek additional revenues for a long-term reauthorization, and we will look at potential options, although raising the gas tax continues to be off the table,” a spokesman said. He would not confirm the $15 billion figure.

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