Leading Senate Dem: Two-year transportation bill coming

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.

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While the Obama administration has acknowledged the need for spending cuts, it has also said that the country must make what it calls key investments in areas like infrastructure.

At her Wednesday news conference, Boxer also slammed the House GOP’s 2012 budget, saying the proposal largely crafted by Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanRyan: Graham-Cassidy 'best, last chance' to repeal ObamaCare Ryan: Americans want to see Trump talking with Dem leaders Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea 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 (Jim) Mountain InhofeA third of Congress hasn’t held a town hall — it’s time to take action Anonymous affiliate publishes claimed list of GOP private contact info Wasting America’s nuclear opportunity MORE (R-Okla.), Max BaucusMax Sieben BaucusBernie Sanders flexes power on single-payer ObamaCare architect supports single-payer system Trump has yet to travel west as president MORE (D-Mont.) and David VitterDavid VitterYou're fired! Why it's time to ditch the Fed's community banker seat Overnight Energy: Trump set to propose sharp cuts to EPA, energy spending Former La. official tapped as lead offshore drilling regulator 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.