Transportation bill is target of lobbying frenzy

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Columbus CEO

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is racing toward a Friday deadline to renew the law that pays for national transportation programs, and lobbyists trying to shape the legislation are in a frenzy.

Among the issues: the length of trucks allowed on roads, whether recalled used cars must be repaired before they can be sold and how to pay for bridges and highways.

The bill is the lobbyists' best shot in years at getting policies their clients' like or blocking regulations they don't.

Congress hopes to reconcile differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill, and send a compromise to President Barack Obama before the government's authority to process highway and transit aid payments to states expires.