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BECKLEY (WVVA) -- The House of Representatives has wrapped up work for 2013.  Now they are looking ahead to what is in store for Congress next year.

Something leaders say they will be focusing on as soon as the new year starts is reauthorizing the current transportation policy.  It will expire in 2014.

Representative Nick Rahall says there needs to be a variety of options when considering how to fund the policy.

"We need a bold, long term bill," says Rahall.  "Not just a temporary extension and not just pennies thrown at us, but a bold initiative in order to give our businesses, our contractors, our American people the necessary assurances that they have to plan for their businesses and their jobs and their careers in the future.  And that's why this bill is going to be important."

There are many transportation projects underway in West Virginia, including the Coalfields Expressway, the King Coal Highway and the Shawnee Parkway.

Rahall says projects like these are critical to moving the economy forward and creating more jobs.

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