WASHINGTON — The Senate yesterday voted 68 to 29 to pass a $17.6 billion jobs bill requiring the Treasury Department to provide Build America Bond-style direct payments to municipal issuers of four types of tax-credit bonds, if they want them, instead of offering tax credits to investors.

The bill also would extend authorizations for highway and transit programs through the end of the calendar year and transfer $19.5 billion in interest foregone since 1998 from the general fund to the Highway Trust Fund to keep it solvent into next year.

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