Senate Democrats

On Highway Bill, Pressure Mounts On Boehner From Within His Own Party

In Last Two Days, Four House Republicans Have Publicly Endorsed Bipartisan Senate Bill

Will Boehner Continue To Block Consideration of Bill That Got 74 Votes In Senate?

An increasing Number of House Republicans are beginning to say the House should take up the Senate bill…”

Just Today, GOP Rep. King Spokesman Said He Would Vote For Senate Transportation Bill If It Came to House Floor.  Politico Pro transportation reporter Burgess Everett tweeted, “Spokesman for Peter King (R) tells me he would vote for the Senate transportation bill IF it got to the House floor (unlikely, I know).”  [Politico Tweet, 3/28/12]

“the latest embarrassment for Boehner on an issue that he said … would be the centerpiece of House Republicans’ job creation agenda…”

Earlier this Week, GOP Reps. Dold, Bass, and Biggert Called on Boehner to Bring up the Senate Transportation Bill. In a Letter to Speaker Boehner, GOP Congressmen Bass, Biggert and Dold, wrote, “With no indication that an alternate longer-term bill will be brought to the House floor by March 31, 2012, we urge the House to reconcile any potential blue slip procedural issues and take up the House-version of S. 1813, the Mobility, Access and Progress for the 21st century. Transportation is a priority for all Americans. Our constituents deserve to see Congress act swiftly and in a bipartisan way on this important issue.” [Letter to Speaker Boehner, 3/26/12]

“Situation is looking earily similar to previous struggles, when Congress tried to pass … the payroll tax holiday”

22 Senate Republicans Voted For Senate Bill, But Boehner Still Refuses to Bring It Up In House. On March 14, twenty-two Senate Republicans voted for final passage of the Senate’s two year highway reauthorization bill.  The Senators crossing the aisle were: Alexander (R-TN), Blunt (R-MO), Boozman (R-AR), Brown (R-MA), Chambliss (R-GA), Cochran (R-MS), Collins (R-ME), Grassley (R-IA), Heller (R-NV), Hoeven (R-ND), Hutchison (R-TX), Inhofe (R-OK), Isakson (R-GA), Moran (R-KS), Murkowski (R-AK), Roberts (R-KS), Sessions (R-AL), Shelby (R-AL), Snowe (R-ME), Thune (R-SD), Vitter (R-LA), and Wicker (R-MS).  [Vote 48, 3/14/12]