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Top Minn. Democrat adamant massive transportation bill goes ahead as officials begin working on details


ST. PAUL -- U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., refuses to give in to a popular president's pressure to delay a new federal transportation funding plan.

"We intend to move this bill forward, this administration not withstanding," a determined Oberstar said Wednesday as congressional committee work began on a $500 billion, six-year transportation funding plan that would mean more money to rebuild highways, expand transit programs and build high-speed passenger rail lines.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.