A Senate committee Wednesday voted unanimously to approve a bipartisan, $109 billion, two-year surface transportation bill that maintains current funding levels for highways and provides another $2 billion for a program that provides federal credit assistance for projects.

The 18-to-0 vote for MAP-21, Moving Ahead For Progress in the 21st Century (S. 1813), by members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, is a first step toward moving a bill through the chamber. Three committees — banking, finance, and commerce, science and transportation — would have to add sections on transit, revenue, and safety and freight, which are in their jurisdictions.

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