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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 04:33 AM

Lawmakers try to save stalled transportation bill

Source: Associated Press

Lawmakers try to save stalled transportation bill
By JOAN LOWY
Associated Press
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 3:15 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 2:45 a.m.

House and Senate leaders are making a last-ditch effort to revive stalled legislation to overhaul federal transportation programs - Congress' best bet for passage of a major jobs bill this year - but prospects for passage before the November election are dimming.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, as well as two key committee chairmen, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., are scheduled to meet Tuesday to try to reach an agreement on how to handle a collection of sensitive policy and financing matters still in dispute.

A 47-member House-Senate committee has been holding negotiations on the bill for over a month, but they have been unable to reach agreement on a host of difficult issues, lawmakers involved in the process and their staffs said.

Time is running extremely short. Authority to spend money from the Highway Trust Fund - the main source of federal transportation aid to states - expires June 30. As a practical matter, congressional leaders need to make a decision by about Wednesday on whether to continue to try to pass a comprehensive bill, or whether seek a temporary extension of transportation programs. There are only about a half dozen days left in the month in which Congress is scheduled to be in session, and it takes time to prepare an extension bill and pass it.


Read more: http://www.goupstate.com/article/20120619/APW/1206190561

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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 06:36 AM

1. Obstructionist Republicans prevent Democrats from saving transportation bill

There, fixed the headline

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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 06:48 AM

2. House Republican's MO:

Attach amendments that wouldn't pass as bills by themselves (e.g., constitutional amendments mandating school prayer, criminalization of abortion, permanent tax cuts, etc.)

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