Fight over transportation bills threatens highway projects
March 27th, 2012
06:20 PM ET
2 years ago

Fight over transportation bills threatens highway projects

(CNN) - With just four days left before the federal money runs out for highway construction projects across the country, House Republicans abruptly postponed a vote on a two-month extension Tuesday, throwing into question how a standoff between Senate Democrats and House Republicans over the transportation bill will get resolved.

It was the second day in a row that House Republicans were forced to pull a temporary extension of the transportation program. A vote Monday on a three-month bill was canceled after House Democrats said they would oppose it and it became clear that the GOP didn't have the votes to get it through the House.

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  1. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    So HOUSE DEMOCRATS opppose it, but somehow it is "a standoff between Senate Democrats and House Republicans"???? Come CNN! That makes NO sense. How about getting it right?

    March 27, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    "There is only one reason this bill will not be voted on tonight: House Democrats are playing political games with our nation's economy."
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    Democrats playing political games with the economy? Of course. In their world the economy IS a political game. Remember 2009 and 2010? They played the game and the American taxpayer lost.

    March 27, 2012 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  3. James

    How can we elect so many people who can't get along with each other. Incredible–

    March 27, 2012 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  4. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    All you teapublican losers down here in Florida like Scott ,rebio and Mack and the rest of the teapublican bafoons down here that are costing the state thousands of jobs are going to be gone in Nov, time to take our state back from the republican morons, go to somila where you can start a state in your own image or the moon colony !!!!!

    March 27, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  5. toocy

    Here we go again. Instead of even voting on a bill, we get more political games. Why is it the only bill to pass in recent memory with bi-partisan support opened up free trade(for them) with Brazil, Columbia and S. Korea. No party bickering, no fanfare just a quick yes vote? Why can't it be that way for bills that actually improve the quality of life for Americans instead of handing more manufacturing to other countries?

    March 27, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  6. CBR

    Here we go again. Another spending bill which is really needed by most states to upgrade their road and bridges is now being batted back and forth as the two political parties cannot work together. Anyone else tired of this nonsense? We need to speak out and make some demands. If those on the right can do this so should those who are more moderate be able to speak to Congress with authority.

    March 27, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  7. Former Republican, now an Independent

    The party of NO maintains their record of obstruction, once again costing thousands of workers their jobs.

    March 27, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  8. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    Robio Scott and mack, the people costing our state thousands of jobs will be getting pink slips in the next election, time to take our state back from republican extremest bafoons!!!

    March 27, 2012 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  9. Scef

    How can Boehner rationalize the repubs actions. As the speaker of the repub controlled house he was unable to push through the 260 billion plan he favored. If the house repubs can't offer a competing plan then they have no say on the bipartisan senate plan. Holding up this bill, the ex/impbank funding and the violence against women act placing a million jobs and the female vote at risk. They aren't to smart or just don't get it. I opt for both.

    March 27, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  10. Another Day in the Idiot Mines

    More GOBP obstructionism. And the entire nation watches this sorry spectacle in disbelief.

    March 27, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  11. geg

    what has oil drilling got to do with roads

    March 27, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  12. Marie MD

    The teapublikans weren't forced. They don't want to do anything for the good of the country. It doesn't matter anymore what it is. It could be cookies, it could be clouds.
    Why do rethugs hate the US?

    March 27, 2012 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  13. Mattie

    Surprise surprise

    What DON'T "house republicans" (sic) postpone when it doesn't fit their agenda. If it were more tax breaks for the wealthy, or awarding no bid government projects to Halliburton, they would be working overtime

    So shamefully predictable....

    March 27, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  14. Dvet

    These repubics will do anything to try to slow down the recovery of the economy. They are also going to vote to keep giving big subsidies to oil companies. Now this should show all voters who is for the people and who is against the people of the united states. I rest my case. No more repubics.

    March 28, 2012 03:26 am at 3:26 am |