Highway bill conference committee schedules first meeting

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“Now is the time to set aside our personal wish lists and focus on the issue at hand – the reauthorization of a bill that is absolutely essential to our economy," she continued. "Controversy should not be part of the conference and we should come together for the good of the country.”

Boxer is one of 14 senators who were appointed to the conference committee this week. She will be joined by Sens. Max BaucusMax BaucusLawmakers: Leave advertising tax break alone GOP: FBI firing won't slow agenda White House tax-reform push is ‘game changer,’ says ex-chairman MORE (D-Mont.), Dick DurbinDick DurbinGraham gets frustrated in public ‘unmasking’ debate Senate Dems set principles for potential budget negotiation Dem senator: GOP's healthcare approach will 'devastate Medicaid' MORE (D-Ill.), Tim JohnsonTim JohnsonCourt ruling could be game changer for Dems in Nevada Bank lobbyists counting down to Shelby’s exit Former GOP senator endorses Clinton after Orlando shooting MORE (D-S.D.), Bill NelsonBill NelsonWeek ahead in tech: Lawmakers turn focus to self-driving cars Senate panel unveils aviation bill with consumer protections, drone fix Driverless cars speed onto political agenda MORE (D-Fla.), Charles SchumerCharles SchumerSenate Dems step up protests ahead of ObamaCare repeal vote Senate Dems plan floor protest ahead of ObamaCare repeal vote Dem senator: Don't bet against McConnell on ObamaCare repeal MORE (D-N.Y.), Robert MenendezRobert MenendezBipartisan group, Netflix actress back bill for American Latino Museum The Mideast-focused Senate letter we need to see Taiwan deserves to participate in United Nations MORE (D-N.J.), James InhofeJames InhofeSenators urge Trump to do right thing with arms sales to Taiwan McCain strikes back as Trump’s chief critic Turbulence for Trump on air traffic control MORE (R-Okla.), David VitterDavid VitterOvernight Energy: Trump set to propose sharp cuts to EPA, energy spending Former La. official tapped as lead offshore drilling regulator Former senator who crafted chemicals law to lobby for chemicals industry MORE (R-La.), Orrin HatchOrrin HatchRift opens in GOP over budget strategy Overnight Finance: GOP divided over welfare cuts in budget | Lawmaker loses M on pharma stock he pitched | Yellen says another financial crisis unlikely in our lifetimes GOP chairman wants 'robust' tax reform process in the Senate MORE (R-Utah), Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Jay RockefellerJay RockefellerOvernight Tech: Trump nominates Dem to FCC | Facebook pulls suspected baseball gunman's pages | Uber board member resigns after sexist comment Trump nominates former FCC Dem for another term Obama to preserve torture report in presidential papers MORE (D-W.Va.) and John HoevenJohn HoevenThe Hill's Whip List: GOP undecided, 'no' votes pile up on ObamaCare repeal bill GOP considers keeping ObamaCare taxes Senators want governors involved in health talks MORE (R-N.D.).

The House has appointed 33 lawmakers to the highway bill conference committee, including Republican Reps. John Mica (Fla.), Don YoungDon YoungPuerto Rico statehood bid a total failure Lawmakers move to protect funding for climate change research Lawmakers urge debate on Afghanistan war MORE (Alaska), John Duncan (Tenn.), Bill Shuster (Pa.), Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Moore CapitoOvernight Healthcare: Senate delays ObamaCare vote past recess | Trump says GOP 'very close' to deal | Three more senators come out against bill Three more GOP senators announce opposition to healthcare bill Senate GOP delays ObamaCare repeal vote past recess MORE (W-Va.), Rick CrawfordRick CrawfordLawmakers send well-wishes to Scalise on Twitter Moving forward, not back: The U.S.- Cuba relationship How the GOP came to dominate, and be dominated by, rural voters MORE (Ark.), Jaime Herrera BeutlerJaime Herrera BeutlerThe Hill's Latina Leaders to Watch CNN launches new digital series on 'badass women of Washington' CNN honors Feinstein, Chao as ‘badass women of Washington’ MORE (Wash.), Larry BucshonLarry BucshonWatch: House GOP veterans appear in Memorial Day video The Hill's Whip List: 36 GOP no votes on ObamaCare repeal plan A guide to the committees: House MORE (Ind.), Richard Hanna (N.Y.), Steve Southerland (Fla.), James Lankford (Okla.), Reid RibbleReid RibbleWith Trump, conservatives hope for ally in 'War on Christmas' GOP rushes to embrace Trump House stays Republican as GOP limits losses MORE (Wis.), Fred Upton (Mich.), Ed WhitfieldEd WhitfieldWhy Republicans took aim at an ethics watchdog What Azerbaijan wants from Israel? Overnight Energy: Green group sues Exxon over climate science MORE (Ky.), Doc HastingsDoc HastingsCongress just resolved a 20-year debate over Neolithic remains Boehner hires new press secretary GOP plots new course on Endangered Species Act reform MORE (Wash.), Rob BishopRob BishopPuerto Rico’s statehood win was a ruse Another deal on power debt won’t help Puerto Rico's economy Interior secretary: Trump should reduce size of Utah national monument MORE (Utah), Ralph HallRalph HallGOP fights off primary challengers in deep-red Texas Most diverse Congress in history poised to take power Lawmakers pay tribute to Rep. Ralph Hall MORE (Texas), Chip Cravaack (Minn.), Dave Camp (Mich.) and Patrick Tiberi (Ohio).

Those GOP members of the transportation conference committee will be joined by 13 House Democrats: Reps. Nick RahallNick RahallLikely W.Va. Senate GOP rivals spar in radio appearances West Virginia is no longer Clinton country Solution needed: Rail congestion is stifling economic growth MORE (W.Va.), Peter DeFazio (Ore.), Jerry Costello (Ill.), Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), Corrine BrownCorrine BrownGenuine veteran charities face a challenge beating the fakes Former Florida rep found guilty of tax evasion, fraud Corruption trial could roil NJ Senate race MORE (Fla.), Elijah Cummings (Md.), Leonard Boswell (Iowa), Tim BishopTim BishopDems separated by 29 votes in NY House primary Flint residents hire first K Street firm House moves to vote on .1T package; backup plan in place MORE (N.Y.), Henry Waxman (Calif.), Ed MarkeyEd MarkeySenators urge Trump to do right thing with arms sales to Taiwan Dems push for more action on power grid cybersecurity Dem senator: Trump 'doesn't respect' the presidency MORE (Mass.), Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas), Earl BlumenauerEarl BlumenauerOvernight Energy: Zinke, Perry take heat over Trump budget House passes nuclear energy tax bill Overnight Finance: Ryan wants tax reform to be permanent | White House expects tax bill ready by September | Defense spending battle delays budget MORE (Ore.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.).