Washington, D.C. - In response to Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) remarks regarding the conference, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following statement:

Senator Barbara Boxer said: "I am very disappointed that Speaker Boehner is even talking about a long-term transportation extension, which would lead to the Highway Trust Fund going bankrupt, when all of our efforts must be focused on passing a transportation bill by the June 30th deadline. Three million jobs and thousands of businesses are at stake."

On background: The Senate intends to respond immediately when a counteroffer is presented by House conferees. There has not been a counteroffer from the House received by the Senate at this time.