On Wednesday, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said a long-term surface transportation bill may not occur this year. However, with the work that the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has accomplished, he said on Thursday, "Hallelujah! Maybe we’ll get a bill this year. I have my fingers crossed." There appears to be growing support for the two-year Senate bill, even though it is $12 billion short of funding. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said, "As chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, I call on every senator to work across party lines to find the necessary funds to move forward on this critical jobs bill."