Senate Advances Highway Amendments, House Prepares to Leave Town

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell followed through on his threat to hold session over the weekend and yesterday an amendment to the highway funding bill which would reauthorize the Export-Import Bank was successfully advanced.

Over objections from conservatives, the Senate voted 67-26 to end debate on a measure to add language reauthorizing the bank’s charter to federal highway spending legislation. [...]

All of the 26 "no" votes came from the GOP, while 24 Republicans voted to move forward with reauthorizing the bank.

No Democrats voted against the bank.

It appears to me Senate Republican "leadership" does not actually want to pass a long-term funding bill because the Senate has taken every step possible to ensure the Senate version of the bill cannot pass the House.

House Republicans have already made it clear they will not vote in favor of either the Export-Import Bank or the funding mechanisms contained in the Senate highway bill.

As of this writing, the House is scheduled to recess for the Summer on Thursday of this week and the Senate has not actually voted to pass their version of the bill yet.

When Congress returns from recess in September, it will have only 10 days of legislative session to avert a government shutdown.

  • muselet

    Senate Rs and House Rs are indulging in brinkmanship with each other because compromise, even with members of the same political party, is the equivalent of treason in their tiny, addled minds. Thus do feral children attempt to govern a superpower.

    If I were a betting man, I’d wager big on a government shutdown.

    Freedumb demands it.


    • JMAshby

      I don’t see a government shutdown happening this year. There’s already plenty of precedent for Boehner passing continuing resolutions with Democratic votes while his own members impotently sneer at him.

      With that said, it’s a possibility. The bigger question for me is not so much what happens in September and October as it is what happens in December or February. As you know, I see two years of continuing resolutions ahead of us.

      • muselet

        I hope you’re right.

        But primary season starts soon, and Rs are scared spitless of being primaried from the Right. “I shut down the evil federal government” plays a lot better among the rubes than “I only voted for a two-month continuing resolution.” And I remain unconvinced the feral children won’t defenestrate John Boehner one of these days for his ongoing betrayal of The Founding Fathers’ Principles (a/k/a occasionally passing legislation with D votes).

        I guess we’ll all find out after Congress gets back from its summer hols.


  • japa21

    Just what is it that the GOP has against the Export-Import Bank? It is one of the very few governmental entities that actually makes a profit for the country. Small businesses (and some large) depend on it for survival. The US Chamber of Commerce is for it, which normally means I should be against it, but not in this case.
    The GOP is just like the dog that finally catches the car They won control of Congress and don’t know what to do with it.