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Wisconsin GOP Congressmen Ribble, Sensenbrenner vote no on transportation bill

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - Wisconsin Republicans Jim Sensenbrenner and Reid Ribble voted no yesterday, when the U.S. House approved emergency funds for transportation projects.

The vote was 367-55 to approve $11 billion in new money, amid a threat that funds for 117,000 projects would start drying up at the end of July.

The bill would transfer almost $10 billion from the federal government's general fund, plus a billion from another trust fund.

The general fund transfers would be paid for with higher customs' fees, and a pension "smoothing" process that critics call "smoke and mirrors."

The Senate is working on its own package which would tap into a host of other federal pots of money as well.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)