FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2011, file photo, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood speaks, with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter behind, during a media availability to announce $10 million for an IMPaCT Philadelphia project from the Department of Transportation in Philadelphia. Defying expectations, Congress has reached the homestretch on a major overhaul of federal transportation programs that is critical if the nation is to avoid steep cutbacks in highway and transit aid. However, other points of disagreement between the GOP-controlled House and Democratic-controlled Senate, including how to pay for transportation programs and how much leverage the federal government should have over how states spend their aid money, are still outstanding. LaHood has said it?s unlikely Congress will pass a final bill until after the November elections. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)