Boxer urged her colleagues to join in the effort, and expressed frustration that the Senate had burned five-weeks of full-time work on the two-year highway bill and that then House leaders declined to bring it the floor in their chamber for lack of Republican support.

Although Boxer's effort is likely to provoke a fight on the Senate floor it is unlikely to succeed as Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidVirginia was a wave election, but without real change, the tide will turn again Top Lobbyists 2017: Grass roots Boehner confronted Reid after criticism from Senate floor MORE (D-Nev.) has already suggested he intends to accept the House extension which would prevent highway funding from running out at midnight on Friday.