Transportation and Infrastructure ranking member Nick Rahall blasted House Republicans for their "my way or the highway" approach.
“Rather than continuing a process of uncertainty that has become emblematic of everything Congress touches, lawmakers must begin the process of turning authority back to the states. Heritage Action remains opposed to any transportation measure that exceeds incoming revenues to the federal Highway Trust Fund,” Heritage Action for America CEO Michael Needham said.
However, Needham stopped short of outright opposing the 90-day extension, saying, “That said, if an extension does become law, Congress should use the brief reprieve to do transportation policy right.”
The sudden chaos surrounding the 90-day extension is the latest setback for Boehner, who had made fundamentally changing the process for funding transportation projects a top policy priority for the year.
Michael Steel, a spokesman for Boehner, said the decision to push off the vote is designed to give lawmakers more time to work out a bipartisan agreement on a short-term extension.
“We are in the midst of bipartisan conversations about a short-term extension of the highway bill. To facilitate those conversations, the House vote on an extension will occur later this week rather than tonight,” Steel said this evening.
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.