“As the Speaker said at the GOP conference meeting this morning, the highway piece will likely not be completed before the Presidents Day district work period,” a spokesman for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said.
The transportation bill was also delayed because House leaders want to clear a tentative deal to extend the payroll tax cut this week. The Speaker also wants to hold an open amendment process, which will also need a larger time commitment. There have been roughly 300 amendments that Members want to add to the measure.
House Republican leaders also postponed a Rules Committee meeting in which the transportation measure was to be considered.
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.