WASHINGTON — The push for Congress to pass long-term highway funding legislation is reaching a fever pitch two weeks before the current law expires, as Sen. Barbara Boxer led a rally Wednesday urging approval of her two-year transportation bill in time to avoid another extension.

The Democrat from California, who chairs the House-Senate conference committee negotiating what she hopes will be the first multi-year bill since the previous one originally expired on Sept. 30, 2009, appeared alongside transportation advocates to urge Congress to act before the end of June.

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