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Florida senators split votes on highway bill

The Senate on Wednesday approved a two-year, $109 billion transportation bill, with Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., voting against it, and Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., supporting it.

The 632-page bill had to overcome numerous ambushes, obstacles and slippery surfaces. Its approval was not a foregone conclusion, despite the 74-22 final vote on Wednesday.

"This was a bill that brought us together," said the senator who herded the politically and technically complex bill through the process, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. "And Lord knows, it's hard to find moments when we can come together."

The bill goes now to the House, where Republican leaders haven't been able to advance their own transportation bill. The nation's current law authorizing federal transportation programs expires March 31.