Washington, D.C. -- Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, praised the Senate's bipartisan passage of the surface transportation extension.

Boxer said: "By an overwhelming vote, the Senate agreed to extend surface transportation programs until December 19th, which will ensure that the Congress comes together as soon as possible to put together a multi-year bill. Our bill also turns away from smoke and mirrors by doing away with ‘pension smoothing,' which is a dangerous gimmick that could lead to pensions being underfunded. My deepest thanks go to Senators Wyden, Carper, and Corker for their leadership."

Senator Boxer calls upon the House of Representatives to support the Senate bill as passed, and through that action, commit to tackling a long-term transportation bill in this Congress before the end of this year. Millions of jobs and thousands of businesses are at stake.