WASHINGTON — A lawmaker and a Treasury Department official Thursday pushed for a permanent extension of the Build America Bond program, but acknowledged that the greatest obstacle is finding a way to pay for it.

“I think any remaining concerns about BABs can be solved simply by making it permanent,” said Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and chairman of the select revenue measures subcommittee. “That’s my hope and that’s what I’m going to continue to hope to accomplish.”

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