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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 8, 2012, to discuss political roadblocks on passing the highway bill. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The US Senate approved legislation Wednesday that would reverse cuts to pre-tax transit accounts available to commuters who use public transportation and vanpools. The provision is tucked into a larger bill to overhaul transportation programs.

If approved by the House of Representatives, the law would increase the monthly amount that can be set aside on a pre-tax basis for public transportation expenses to $240 a month, up from the reduced limit of $125 a month that became effective at the beginning of the year. 

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