House GOP hopes for 60-day extension of transportation funding

House Republicans hope to push through a 60-day extension of the nation’s transportation funding Tuesday after Democrats blocked their efforts on Monday.

“It will be up to Democrats whether they want to shut down the federal highway system,” said Michael Steel, spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)

Boehner withdrew an extension bill on Monday that would have required the approval of three-quarters of House members. That would have needed the support of Democrats, who want the House to approve a Senate bill that would fund transportation for two years at $109 billion, slightly higher than current levels.

Current funding levels have been extended eight times since the last long-term bill expired more than two years go. The latest extension expires on March 31, and with it the authority to collect the 18.4-cents-per-gallon federal gas tax that funds transportation projects.

Ashley Halsey reports on national and local transportation.

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