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Highway bill running out of gas, as House, Senate negotiations stall

Sunday, June 17, 2012


Advocates for a new federal transportation bill think even bumping negotiations up to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) may not be enough to save the measure from this year’s legislative scrapheap.

Traditionally in bicameral negotiations, issues that cannot be resolved by conferees are bumped up to the leaders of the respective chambers.

But the pointed shots taken recently by the leaders of the conference committee — that for a month has been attempting to negotiate an agreement between the House and Senate on the bill — has caused some transportation advocates to ponder whether a deal is any longer possible, even if Reid and Boehner assume the helm of the talks.

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