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House GOP Reverts to 90-Day Highway Stopgap

A driver goes around a roadblock on Big Tujunga Canyon Road at Vogel Flats, in the Station Fire burn area in the Angeles National Forest, closed as a precaution due to rain and snow at higher elevations, as a late autumn storm passes through Southern California Monday, Dec. 12, 2011. The National Weather Service says the storm that moved in before dawn Monday will provide a quarter-inch to three-quarters of an inch of rain in many Los Angeles County locations and an inch or more in the mountains. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)  (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

photo of Fawn Johnson
March 28, 2012

House Republican leaders are planning to vote on Thursday on a 90-day extension of federal highway authority under a rule that would require a simple majority to pass. They expect to pass it without help from Democrats. They will then adjourn for a two-week recess, daring the Democrat-controlled Senate to reject the extension or allow highway authority to expire on Saturday.

House leaders are holding open the possibility that Democrats will yield on their refusal to support any highway extension. Republicans claim that Democrats earlier had agreed to a 60-day stopgap, and that 60-day bill is still available for an expedited vote on Wednesday that would require two-thirds majority to pass.

Democrats remain stalwart that they won’t support a temporary extension because they say House leaders have a perfectly viable option to end the highway debate now—pass a bipartisan Senate bill that would fund highway programs for two years with $109 billion. Both Republicans and Democrats in the House accuse the other side of playing political games.

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