House Republicans delay vote on transportation bill
February 15th, 2012
02:03 PM ET
11 years ago

House Republicans delay vote on transportation bill

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner told his Republican caucus Wednesday that the House will postpone voting on a massive transportation and energy bill until after the congressional recess scheduled for next week, according to multiple House Republican leadership aides.

The move was a sign that GOP leaders were still struggling to put together the votes to pass the measure that funds highway programs and includes several energy measures, including drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), and approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.


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  1. gt

    ck gas prices at the pump latey.... key stone is a no brainer...convert to natural gas ... fix our roads and bridges ... toll or fees for building them... that way we see our money being spent....stop spnding money we dont have... give chinese rickshaws to all those liberals who dont think we need to drill for oil in america,,,

    February 15, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. Data Driven

    United States has 2% of the world's oil reserves.

    We can't force U.S. oil companies to make North American oil available only for U.S. consumption, unless we nationalize the U.S. oil industry, like Anonymous said.

    Sorry, conservatives.

    February 15, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. Larry in Houston

    @PJ/TX – ask Perry (Your & My Governor) – (you know, the corrupt one) he would Know the answer to your first Question. and Yes I agree w/ You !

    February 15, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    It should be pointed out the Keystone Pipeline only serves to transport the oil: once the pipeline is built, the cost of maintaining it is relatively low when compared to actual production, which will be taking place outside the US. A pumping station does not require a lot of people to maintain that particular section, so Keystone is not the great jobs creator the GOP makes it out to be. ANWAR's reserves are estimated to meet our needs for a short period only, and the cost of transporting and maintaining a pipeline in an environment as hostile as Alaska will not reduce prices as much as we would like it to be: in other words, the price will be passed on to us even with the billions in subsidies they enjoy. The Keysone Pipeline will only create jobs for a brief period, and there is no guarantee the oil will remain in the US: most likely, it will go overseas. There will be no significant long-term job creation by either of these projects. conversely, offshore drilling is up, in spite of the environmental risks there, because the transportation costs are far shorter. That is where our energy independence lies, provided its done as safely as possible.

    February 15, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. Len

    Some great posts.....GOP taking another recess.....okay, no problem...the GOP will have an extended recess after the 2012 election....

    February 15, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    I've read up on it plenty,
    I am honestly impressed by your studies, but I lived it. There were periodic "oil shortages" throughout the 1970s, but never as severe as the ones in the early 70s. We had gas rationing off and on throughout the decade, espcially during Carter's years when the price skyrocketed from 25 to 35 cents to well over a buck per gallon.

    February 15, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    "And OUR sources are LOCAL and UNINTERRUPTABLE by say somebody like Iran, or Obama's buddy Hugo Chavez."

    Putting aside the idiocy of your Chavez comment, we can add the worldwide energy business to the long list of things you're clueless about. Our "LOCAL and UNINTERRUPTABLE" sources would be sold to the highest bidder in the event of a worldwide shortage, just as it is now. Again, if you wanna go all commie and nationalize to prevent that from happening, go for it. But at least try spending a few minutes a day in reality. It would really improve your connection with humanity.

    February 15, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  8. big d

    finally some valid points from both sides of the arguement, some real discourse. Thank u truth for finally say a couple of things that are actually true

    February 15, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
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