Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., yesterday butted heads with Department of Transportation Secretary Mary Peters over her contention that the nation's growing transportation needs can be met by more efficiently allocating existing gas tax revenues and increasing the use of tolling and private financing.

"It is a false expectation for people to believe that we can meet our needs as a great and growing and strong nation" using Peters' funding agenda, Boxer, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said at a hearing on the issue. "It is very disappointing to me."

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