The week ahead: Conference to begin on highway bill

“It is my real hope that when we get back to work this month, the House will take [the Senate bill] up and will pass it so that states and municipalities and counties all over the country can get folks to work this summer,” Sen. Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsSenate ethics panel wants details on sexual harassment allegations American innovation depends on strengthening patents Tax reform and innovation – good news and a cloud MORE (D-Del.) said in an interview with MSNBC.

Additionally, the House Transportation and Infrastructure and Oversight and Government Reform committees will hold a hearing on the Transportation Security Administration’s airport security techniques. Officials say the hearing will focus on whether the TSA is “effectively procuring, deploying, and storing aviation security equipment and technology.”

Outside of Washington, a group of eight U.S. and foreign automakers will demonstrate a standardized charging system for electric cars, which they say will "harmonize" the technology and speed up charging times.

The companies - Ford, General Motors, Chrysler-Daimler, Audi, BMW, Porsche and Volkswagen - have said they will unveil the chargers at the Electric Vehicle Symposium Sunday through Wednesday in Los Angeles.