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

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A day earlier, Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseFive takeaways from Pruitt's EPA hearing Health pick’s trades put STOCK Act in spotlight Dems prepare to face off with Trump's pick 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.