WASHINGTON - A key Republican senator is opposing an 18-month extension of the current surface transportation law and urging Obama administration officials to use unspent federal stimulus funds to replenish the Highway Trust Fund, which is expected to run out of money this summer.

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison from Texas, the top Republican on the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, detailed her views and request in a two-page letter sent yesterday to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

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