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

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A day earlier, Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseSenate Dems offer bill to curb tax break for Trump nominees Overnight Energy: Fight over miners' benefits risks shutdown | Flint aid crosses finish line in House Dem senator: Trump’s EPA pick is ‘corruption’ 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.