Standoff in Congress threatens highway construction funding
March 21st, 2012
07:46 PM ET
11 years ago

Standoff in Congress threatens highway construction funding

Washington CNN) - With less than two weeks before federal money runs out for transportation projects across the country, a partisan showdown is developing between Senate Democrats and House Republicans over passing a new bill.

The standoff, based on sharply differing views about the overall expense of the bill and how to pay for it, jeopardizes thousands of road and bridge construction projects.


Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Democrats • Department of Transportation • Republicans
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Donkey Party

    The GOP hates America. With their radical extremist fundamentalist views, they're no different than the Taliban. Sickening. Anyone that votes GOP is basically giving aid and comfort to enemies of the country.

    March 21, 2012 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  2. Another Day in the Idiot Mines

    Typical GOBP Teahadi obstructionism.

    March 21, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  3. i want a mega rich Mormon who hides money overseas, and a master tax evader as president

    There they go again.
    Obama 2012

    March 21, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  4. Exrepublican

    This is bad news for the american worker again.As a company owner that does road construction and employs 87 people this will definately hurt them.I wish the gop would stop playing games with the middleclass and pass the dam bill.I am one of hundreds of companies waiting to start work repairing our roads and bridges.The men and women I employ work very hard for their money with long 12 hour days in the hot sun doing very hard labor most people couldnt handle so this isnt a handout these are hardworking honest people that do their jobs very well and dont deserve to be held hostage by the tea party once again.I know this means nothing to the gop but it means everything to the familys of the workers I employ.Get these gop bums outta office and put america first for a change.

    March 21, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  5. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    Republican party is going to get guted in Dem landslide and won't be back for decades, thanks teaparty!!!!!

    March 21, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  6. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    Robio drinks poison tea, kick the bums out.

    March 21, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  7. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    And this is different from the partisan standoffs that almost caused our government to default on our loan payments, and not be able to borrow enough money to pay for Dubya's wars how?

    March 21, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  8. PJ/TX

    And yet, they get all bent out of shape over the Keystone Pipeline, small jobs, project. They will protect their own
    pockets by virtue of donations from oil companies, before they will protect the environment that maintains life.
    They are not interested in jobs for all, only their own jobs, which, by the way, most would be fired from for
    lack of performance.

    March 21, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  9. Wake up people

    These rethugs are ruthless and quite persistent. They are pulling out all the stops for this election. They are leaving nothing to chance but their boy is still an idiot.

    OBAMA 2012!

    March 21, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  10. charlie avila

    The usa is in bankruptcy already!!...and the obama administration and democrats are finishing killing the nation. If obama is re-elected, he will have four more years to success his agenda: turn the country into a poor and weak third world, americans, open your eyes, and defeat obama's re-election.

    March 21, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  11. Tomo

    Let me guess? Republicans don't want to invest in our infrastructure. DDE is spinning in his grave.

    March 22, 2012 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  12. Larry L

    The Tea Party wants America to fail. This is like negotiating with a terrorist who wants to die. They don't care about jobs and they don't care about the recession. It's not about the deficit – or the Bush administration wouldn't have been so dedicated to "cut & spend economics". It's not complicated – they want a white man in the Oval Office and can't get past the fact that America voted for the best option. Looking at the Republican Clown Car it will be really easy to do the same thing again!

    March 22, 2012 12:19 am at 12:19 am |

    First of all EVERYONE, INCLUDING THE GOP! we you me are going no where without safe roads and bridges, 2 we know to get bridges people w the skills and know how need to be positioned in all areap s throughout the country to get this VITAL TASK COMPLETED W DIRE EMERGENCY & QUICKLEY AS POSSIBLE 3 GET THE MONEY OUT OF THE 1% THE GOVERMENT SHOULD DEMAND IT/ AND Y YOUR AT IT! THE WAY TO CATCH THE TAX FRAUD CROOKS CHECK INTERNET SITE FROM IRS & HAVE STORES SELLING PREPAID CARDS GET TWO OR THREE ID'S SO YOU CAN BACKTRACK PEOPLE LOADING THESE LARGE SUMS OF MONEY!

    March 22, 2012 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  14. Anonymous

    Same old, same old, like two kids fighting. Its no wonder this country is in bad shape. Both parties need to start working together.

    March 22, 2012 06:03 am at 6:03 am |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    People who support the worthless party of big oil, wall street, and the upper .01% are brain dead. I only hope this will solidify disgust against the GOP and send the baggers, birthers, bigots, and Birchers to a resounding defeat in 2012.

    March 22, 2012 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  16. The Greedy Old Pigs declared class war on US!

    Quick, throw in some more "wealthfare" (corporate welfare and/or tax cuts for the rich) and the GOBP will be falling all over itself to pass the thing.

    March 22, 2012 07:19 am at 7:19 am |