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Mr. Sanders, who caucuses with Senate Democrats, called the bill “obscene” and said, “It moves America in exactly the wrong direction.”

TRANSPORTATION

Buses off roads after inspections

Federal authorities say nearly 2,800 spot safety checks of passenger buses across the country resulted in nearly 10 percent of the vehicles or drivers being taken off the road.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Tuesday announced the results of the surprise inspections carried out by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and state and local law enforcement agencies.

The inspections took place from March 28 through April 6.

Federal transportation authorities say 289 drivers or buses were taken off roadways. Three hundred buses were removed from service out of 3,000 inspections during an earlier 17-day series of spot checks.

The focus on surprise inspections follows deadly accidents involving cut-rate passenger buses, including the March 12 crash of a casino bus in New York City that killed 15 people.

HOUSE

Hoyer uncertain on budget agreement

The No. 2 House Democrat said Tuesday that he’s uncertain if he or his caucus will support the fiscal 2011 spending deal struck late Friday between the White House and congressional leaders.

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, said that because details of the plan weren’t released until early Tuesday morning, lawmakers haven’t had time to sift through the massive document.

“I don’t think either side has had an opportunity to review it fully,” Mr. Hoyer said during his weekly briefing with Capitol reporters. “My presumption is [Republican leaders] aren’t sure where their people are, and we haven’t asked our people where they are at this point in time.”

“We’ll have to see first of all what the specifics are of the legislation,” he added.

Mr. Hoyer said President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, “made a bad situation less bad” during negotiations with Republican leaders to keep government agencies funded through the rest of the current fiscal year, which runs through the end of September.

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