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)

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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