DALLAS -- Three top Democrats on the House Transportation Committee want an increase in federal transportation funding promised to states for fiscal 2017 included in the proposed short-term budget measure under consideration in the lame duck congressional session.

A letter asking for the full funding was sent on Monday to the leaders of House Appropriations Committee by Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., the highest ranking Democrat on the Transportation Committee, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., ranking minority member on the committee's panel on highways and transit, and Rep. Michael Capuano, D-Mass., ranking member of the subcommittee on railroads.

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