Johanns sends letter to Boehner on highway bill

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns is taking his fight against earmarks to the House.

Johanns, a Nebraska Republican, has sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, of Ohio, asking that the House remove what Johanns calls an earmark for Nevada included in the $109 billion Senate transportation bill passed Wednesday.

Johanns opposed the bill, which passed 74-22. It now goes to the House, which is under pressure to act quickly on the spending bill.

Johanns' request targets a section in the bill that would take unspent funds from a project in Nevada and put that money directly into the state's coffers. Johanns calls it an earmark; the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, of Nevada, has said it's not because it doesn't provide for new spending.