The House is expected to appoint conferees sometime later in the week.

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A day earlier, Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehousePruitt confirmation sets stage for Trump EPA assault Senate Dems ask DHS inspector general for probe of Trump’s business arrangement Senate confirms Pruitt to lead EPA MORE (D-R.I.) issued strong criticism aimed at House Republicans for failing to pass a long-term federal highway program funding bill.

A week earlier the House passed a short-term extension that goes through the end of the year. Whitehouse called the short-term extension "job-killers" and said that the House should have been able to pass a longer-term extension.