“I suspect if it were brought up again, it would pass very overwhelmingly again,” said Erik Autor, vice president of international trade council at the National Retail Federation, one of the organizations fighting the bill. “We’re not going to be storming the House of Representatives in an effort to persuade Members not to vote for this. ... This thing has its own political dynamic that we’re just not going to be able to influence when it comes to a floor vote.”
But with the high-level opposition of figures such as Boehner, the bill is unlikely to make it to the floor.
Lobbyists opposed to the bill said on Tuesday that they were confident it would not make it to the House floor and that they hadn’t exactly planned a flurry of meetings aimed at keeping it off the agenda. The substantive concern, aired last week by Boehner, and procedural obstacles — revenue raisers must originate in the House — should be enough to keep it off the House calendar, lobbyists said.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.