WASHINGTON — The House Transportation Committee is expected to vote next week on a bill to extend the current transportation authorization law before it expires at the end of the month, but still needs to bridge the large gap between its own timeline and the Senate’s before the extension can move forward.

Senate committees with jurisdiction over highways and transit have approved an 18-month extension of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: a Legacy for Users, or SAFETEA-LU, while the House committee’s highways and transit panel has approved a multi-year bill instead of an extension. Faced with a lack of support for full reauthorization right now, House highways and transit subcommittee chairman Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., has suggested a three-month extension.

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