House Speaker John Boehner says he may press for a six-month extension of highway and transit programs if the House and Senate fail to reach a deal by June 30.
Boehner told reporters Thursday he is not interested in a 30-day or so extension for more talks this summer. He says it's better to move beyond the highly politicized, pre-election atmosphere in Washington.
The chief hang-up is that Republicans insist on including legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline to transport oil produced from Canadian tar sands to refineries in Texas.
The Obama administration opposes the pipeline mandate.