Senate Refuses to Limit Transportation Projects

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate defeated a bid by Sen. John McCain on Wednesday to stop funneling federal funds to transportation museums, highway beautification and preservation of historic bridges, rejecting his argument that money needed to repair rundown roads was being diverted to projects like squirrel sanctuaries and car museums.

Senators turned aside the Arizona Republican's measure by 59-39 after opponents said it would block Amtrak's use of many historic rail stations and the preservation of icons like New York's Brooklyn Bridge and New England's covered bridges.

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