The Oregon House Transportation and Economic Development Committee approved the bill authorizing an Oregon-led Columbia River Crossing on Thursday.

The bill now goes to the the House Ways and Means Committee, which must consider all budget bills before they can approved by the Legislature.

The committee split 6 to 4 on straight party line vote.

The vote followed a Wednesday night hearing where the public testified on the bill for more than four hours. Most of the witnesses favored the $2.9 billion project.

It is unclear whether the House Ways and Means Committee will send the bill to the full Oregon House during the 2014 Oregon Legislature, which is limited to 35-days unless two-thirds of House and State Senate vote to extend it five days at a time.

A story on the Wednesday hearing can be read at

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