WASHINGTON — A Senate committee will vote during the week of July 20 on an extension to prevent the dwindling highway trust fund from going broke before Congress can pass a multi-year reauthorization bill, its chairman said yesterday.

The announcement by Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, came as state transportation officials warned that a shortfall in the trust fund would threaten their ability to issue and pay off debt.

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