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US transportation chief speaks at W.Va. meeting

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says Congress must act soon on a highway and transit aid package or else it will be disastrous for states like West Virginia that rely on federal funding for road projects.

Foxx attended a meeting Monday at the Culture Center in Charleston along with U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall and state Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox.

The Obama administration has warned that by early August the federal Highway Trust Fund will no longer have enough money to cover promised aid to states, which have been told to expect a 28 percent reduction in aid on average.

House and Senate bills both would provide about $11 billion to keep projects going through May.

Mattox says 203 state transportation projects are dependent upon federal aid.

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