Highway bill conference committee schedules first meeting

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“Now is the time to set aside our personal wish lists and focus on the issue at hand – the reauthorization of a bill that is absolutely essential to our economy," she continued. "Controversy should not be part of the conference and we should come together for the good of the country.”

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