Votes in doubt, Speaker Boehner delays final action on HR7February 15, 2012
By David Goldberg
A day after deciding to split the mammoth transportation-energy-federal pensions package that is HR7 into three parts in hopes of easier passage, House Speaker John Boehner this morning all but acknowledged that even the transportation portion lacks enough votes to ensure passage this week. The vote likely will not come until after next week’s President’s Day recess.
Meanwhile, the transportation bill continues to garner negative reviews. Editorials and stories from Chairman Mica’s home state of Florida over the last two days have added to the chorus of those who are panning it. And last night, the Obama Administration issued a veto threat, citing not only the Keystone XL and drilling provisions, but also the threat to public transportation, a gutting of environmental review that would prevent citizens from raising concerns about projects’ impacts, and many other issues that make the bill a non-starter even without the provision removing transit from the transportation trust fund.
We’ll have an update later in the day on developments in the Senate as well as a roundup of amendments in both chambers and where they stand.