House Republicans will vote on a measure next week to extend federal transportation funding for three months, which will allow them "to work toward a responsible transportation bill that provides long-term certainty, reduces the size of government, eliminates earmarks, and is fully paid for," said House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica, R-Fla. However, Senate Democrats contend that the Republicans should pass their two-year, $109 billion transportation bill, warning that the short-term extensions could endanger the trust fund for highway projects. "Every time you extend it, the trust fund gets lower and lower and it'll be gone by … the end of the year," said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.

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