By Bernie Becker - 07/06/11 05:55 PM EDT
For their part, House Republicans are set to release their framework this week for a surface transportation bill, a measure that is expected to both cover six years and come in significantly under President Obama’s request for transportation funding. The current transportation authorization expires on Sept. 30.
Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, is set to brief reporters on bill on Wednesday, with release set for Thursday.
At her Wednesday news conference, Boxer also slammed the House GOP’s 2012 budget, saying the proposal largely crafted by Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanPoll: GOP has edge for open Wis. House seat In six new sanctuary states, Americans put at risk What the 'Bernie Sanders wing of the GOP' can teach Congress MORE (R-Wis.) would lead to the loss of almost 500,000 infrastructure-related jobs.
Boxer’s announcement of a two-year plan comes just weeks after she and three other senators – James InhofeJames InhofeGOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election A dozen senators call for crackdown on Chinese steel Funding bill rejected as shutdown nears MORE (R-Okla.), Max BaucusMax BaucusChina moves to lift ban on US beef Overnight Healthcare: Zika fight stalls government funding talks | Census finds big drop in uninsured | Mental health bill faces wait Glover Park Group now lobbying for Lyft MORE (D-Mont.) and David VitterDavid VitterDavid Duke gets debate slot in La. Senate race GOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election Trump’s implosion could cost GOP in Louisiana Senate race MORE (R-La.) – unveiled a measure that would have spent roughly $339 billion on roads, bridges and public transportation over six years.
The California Democrat said Wednesday that she did not see any major disagreements with her GOP colleagues over the two-year plan, which will not include earmarks.
“The big decision on the part of the Republicans right now is, do they want to work toward a bipartisan bill,” Boxer said.