WASHINGTON — The top Republican on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is opposing a recent Obama administration plan to invest in transportation, warning it is a year late and unacceptable because it would be paid for by ending tax loopholes for oil companies.

Rep. John Mica, R-Fla. — who could assume leadership of the committee if, as recent polls suggest, Republicans win a majority in the House next month — made the remarks in a recent interview. As chairman, he would be able to guide transportation bills, including any measures championed by the White House.

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