By Ben Geman - 02/15/12 07:05 PM EST
Republicans envision wider oil-and-gas development as a way to help bring in leasing and royalty revenues to help offset the bill’s cost, although the Congressional Budget Office estimates that the energy measures would pay for just a small portion of the transportation legislation.
The overall transportation and energy package would pay for road and transit projects over the next five years and reauthorize the collection of the federal gas tax.
But while GOP leadership more than likely has the votes to steer drilling language through the chamber, it faces challenges corralling enough votes for the rest of the package.
Check out The Hill’s Transportation Report blog for more.