One veteran GOP aide said part of the problem is that the bill is broad enough that it allows opponents to target different constituencies within the GOP for lobbying, pressing their case on social issues with conservatives such as Foxx while targeting fiscal conservatives on the bill’s costs. “The longer it hangs out there, the more they can pick off,” the aide said.
Even if House Republicans manage to pass the bill by Friday, it faces an uncertain future in the Senate. Sen. Tom Coburn has consistently opposed the fee provisions in the bill, insisting that the PTO be given full control of them.
Given his use of the chamber’s rules to tie legislation in knots, Senate GOP aides predicted the Oklahoma Republican could block the measure if it arrives with the House language intact.
James Jones, communications director for DC Vote, tapes a "DC Constituents Service Day" sign on the wall as he stands with other DC residents outside of Rep. Andy Harris's office on Capitol Hill to protest Harris' actions against D.C.'s marijuana laws on Thursday, July 24, 2014. DC Vote encouraged DC residents to bring their complaints about city services to the Maryland congressman.