Three leading Senate Democrats sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Tuesday urging him to reject transportation funding cuts proposed in pending legislation to fund the U.S. government beyond March 27.

Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., Tim Johnson, D- S.D., and Jay Rockefeller, D- W. Va., expressed disappointment that the continuing resolution introduced Monday by Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., would cut federal highway spending by over $700 million dollars from the amount agreed to in the two-year transportation bill passed last year. Rogers said the CR is a responsible way to keep the federal government open after the current continuing resolution and federal funding authority expires in three weeks, but the trio of Senate committee chairmen said it could do great harm.

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