Reid: Republicans will drag their feet on highway funding
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Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidTrump thanks Reid for warning Democrats not to underestimate him Reid warns Democrats not to underestimate Trump Harry Reid predicts Trump, unlike Clinton, won't become more popular because of impeachment MORE (D-Nev.) slammed Republicans on Wednesday, suggesting that his colleagues across the aisle "will drag their feet" on a long-term highway bill.

"This is straight out of the Republicans' playbook, manufactured crisis playbook," the Democratic leader said. "Republicans will drag their feet until the very last minute, refusing to work with us on a long-term solution to our nation's infrastructure woes. And then, when the deadline is imminent, the Republican leader will offer yet another short-term extension to stave off another disaster of his own making."

Democrats on Tuesday said they are giving Republicans 45 days to reach a long-term highway funding deal.

Reid added on Wednesday that Republicans "have refused to work" with Democrats on a long-term bill, saying that "Republicans see the federal highway program and trust fund as a sort of hot potato: stay away from it, it should never be dealt with."

Democrats want to committees to pass a long-term bill by July 10, with legislation coming to the Senate floor by July 20, according to a letter Reid and Democratic Sens. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDemocrats dig in ahead of Supreme Court ruling on 'Dreamers' Senate GOP braces for impeachment trial 'roller coaster' Trump judicial nominee delayed amid GOP pushback MORE (Ill.), Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTurkey says soldier killed despite cease-fire in Syria Schumer calls for FDA to probe reports of contaminated baby food How Trump and Pelosi went from bad to worse MORE (N.Y.), Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayDemocrats urge Rick Perry not to roll back lightbulb efficiency rules Biz groups say Warren labor plan would be disaster Freedom of the press under fire in Colorado MORE (Wash.), Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerHillicon Valley: Ocasio-Cortez clashes with former Dem senator over gig worker bill | Software engineer indicted over Capital One breach | Lawmakers push Amazon to remove unsafe products Ocasio-Cortez blasts former Dem senator for helping Lyft fight gig worker bill Only four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates MORE (Calif.), Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenHillicon Valley: Facebook removes Russian, Iranian accounts trying to interfere in 2020 | Zuckerberg on public relations blitz | Uncertainty over Huawei ban one month out US ban on China tech giant faces uncertainty a month out Hillicon Valley: GOP lawmakers offer election security measure | FTC Dem worries government is 'captured' by Big Tech | Lawmakers condemn Apple over Hong Kong censorship MORE (Ore.), Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonBottom Line Bottom Line Media and candidates should be ashamed that they don't talk about obesity MORE (Fla.) and Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownCritics pounce as Facebook crypto project stumbles Trump administration blocked consumer watchdog from public service loan forgiveness program: report Democrats fear Ohio slipping further away in 2020 MORE (Ohio) sent to Republican Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump urges GOP to fight for him Senate Dems signal they'll support domestic spending package Trump's top picks for Homeland Security chief are ineligible for job: reports MORE (Ky.) on Tuesday.

Asked about the timeline on Monday, Sen. James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeTurkey sanctions face possible wall in GOP Senate Senate confirms Trump's Air Force secretary pick The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump declares 'case closed' as text messages raise new questions MORE (R-Okla.), who is leading work on a long-term bill, said, "Yeah, well that sounds good to me."

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is expected to mark up a six-year transportation bill on June 24.

Reid said that based on the Senate's current schedule, lawmakers will have 15 days to reauthorize the highway legislation, adding that McConnell must "abandon his policy of governing by crisis."

The current highway funding measure, passed last month, expires at the end of July.