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

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A day earlier, Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseDem senator: 'How many lives must be lost before we act?' Sen. Manchin won’t vote for Trump’s mine safety nominee Overnight Regulation: SEC chief grilled over hack | Dems urge Labor chief to keep Obama overtime rule | Russia threatens Facebook over data storage law 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.