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Associated Press

CHEYENNE - Wyoming would directly benefit from a $90 billion federal transportation spending bill, Sens. Craig Thomas and Mike Enzi said.

The measure passed by a 91-3 vote in the Senate on Thursday and is headed to a House-Senate conference committee to negotiate a compromise.

The Senate parted with the House in voting to allow the White House to proceed with rules to increase competition between the private and public sector for government contracts.

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Wyoming would benefit from $211.8 million in highway funding, up $28 million from last year; $102 million plus carry-over funds for the Essential Air Service program; $5.6 million for Wyoming's bus transit program; a one-year extension of construction of a Cheyenne bus facility; $3.5 million for the Seminoe Dam Road project; $5 million for electronic highway message signs; and $500,000 for the joint Wyoming-Montana port of entry north of Sheridan.

The Western Research Institute in Laramie would receive an additional $1 million to continue research into improved asphalt, and the Federal Aviation Administration would be instructed to provide priority consideration for placing a radar unit at the Jackson Hole Airport.

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