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Stalled Highway Bill Puts Lobbyists to Work

“We’re not naive to think that either the House or Senate or the president will do it,” he said. “There is no prospect for that happening. It’s not political feasible” — at least not before the November elections.

Boothe said he thinks the Senate will get a bill, and that, in turn, will pressure the House to follow suit. Another pressure on Members is the March 31 deadline when the existing authorization bill expires, but most lobbyists expect Congress to pass a temporary extension.

Boothe added that another wrinkle is that many Members, particularly Republicans, have politics on their minds.

“They’re all worried about Grover Norquist and the tea party and raising taxes,” he said, referring to the anti-tax advocate Norquist, who runs Americans for Tax Reform.

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