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Posted at 08:15 AM ET, 06/08/2012

John Boehner irks Barbara Boxer on highway bill


Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), second from left, points toward a map in March as she discussed a bipartisan transportation bill. But partisan gridlock means the bill’s fate remains at risk. (Jacquelyn Martin - AP)
It was the kind of off-hand response a fellow might make after he felt like he’d done enough talking to reporters and was ready to get on with the rest of his day.

But House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) took one more question Thursday — one many are asking on Capitol Hill: What is Congress going to do about the highway bill? Current federal transportation funding expires June 30, and Boehner has long hoped that lawmakers could agree to a long-term deal.

Boehner’s response to the question was, more or less, I don’t know, but if it comes to that it won’t be a 30-day extension.

“We’re going to go with a six-month extension,” he said.

When word reached the other side of the Capitol, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) exploded.

Why? The Post’s transportation reporter Ashley Halsey III explains here.

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