{mosads}”We’re working on the substance of the bill,” Boxer said. “What we’re doing now is walking through the bill and getting the areas of agreement.”

One of the biggest areas of disagreement between the Republican-led House and the Senate, controlled by Democrats, has been the inclusion of a provision mandating the approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, but there have been indications the provision might not survive the negotiations.

“There are many other parts of it, so I am not going to take a Sherman-esque stand one way or the other,” Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) told The Hill last week.

The Senate’s version of the broader transportation bill is a two-year, $109 billion measure. Boxer’s counterpart in the House, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.), tried similarly to shepherd a five-year, $260 billion version of the transportation bill through the House, but was unsuccessful.

The House instead passed a pair of short-term extensions of current law that provide funding for road and transit projects.

Boxer said talks need to progress quickly for lawmakers to finish a bill by June 30, when the short-term extension of transportation funding will expire.

Additionally this week, the Intelligent Transportation Society of America will hold its annual meeting Monday through Wednesday in National Harbor, Md. Speakers will include White House Chief Technology Officer Chris Vein and University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) Director Peter Sweatman.

—Ben Geman contributed to this report.

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