“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.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.