Wednesday, March 21, 2012

House Once Again Stymies Highway Trust Fund Reauthorization

Despite hundreds of hard hatted construction workers rallying yesterday at the Mall in Washington, D.C., in favor of House passage of the Senate approved two hear Highway Trust Fund reauthorization legislation, House leaders speaking at the rally solemly predicted another short term renewal – the ninth since the last multi-year reauthorization ran out in September, 2009 – rather than passage of any long term reauthorization legislation. Senator Barbara Boxer of California, Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, urged those attending the U. S. Chamber of Commerce sponsored rally to “Get over to the House and … tell them to pick up the Senate bill and pass it.”

On the other hand, after his speech to the crowd, House Transportation and Infrastructure Chair John Mica told reporters he was consulting with Speaker Boehner on a short term extension. “A decision will be made on the length of an extension, hopefully in the next 24 hours, and it will come up on the House floor next week,” Mica said. Seems our elected leaders are just leading us around in circles.

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