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Northeastern senators frustrated they haven't been able to secure money for improvements.
The Senate is close to unveiling a criminal-justice-reform bill. Sorting out mandatory minimums was always going to be the hardest part.
The conservative lawmaker, angry at past punishment by leadership, has almost no chance to succeed.
The battle over transportation funding and the Export-Import Bank will have to wait for three months.
The committee had been planning to make John Kerry's top aide testify Wednesday.
His achievements include the bipartisan VA reform bill: "Frankly, without him, I don't think we would have gotten it done."
Environmental groups say an array of provisions prevent them from backing the measure, touted as a bipartisan achievement.