FILE - In this March 1, 2012, file photo House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Boehner commented on the controversial amendment to the Senate transportation bill proposed by Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri. The Washington divide, hardened by election-year politics, has stifled the agendas of both parties, and is jeopardizing a bill to keep federal highway and transit aid flowing to states just as the spring construction season opens. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)