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Friday, October 21, 2016

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate is working to pass a three-month highway funding bill in the coming days as it finishes hammering out a longer-term blueprint for spending on the country’s roads, bridges and transit, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday.

The House of Representatives is expected to pass its version of the short-term funding extension on Wednesday.

(Reporting by Richard Cowan and Lisa Lambert; Editing by Will Dunham)

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) addresses reporters after the weekly Senate Republican caucus luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington June 16, 2015. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

  • Dominick Vila

    Better late than never. What changed their minds? The fact that President Obama cannot run for re-election, and the fact that they now control both chambers of Congress. The latter means that they can take ownership of the infrastructure investment they rejected in the not too distant past, and claim economic progress and job creation as a result of Republican policies, after rejecting them to make President Obama a one-term president, delaying the economic recovery, and inflicting tremendous pain and misery on millions of Americans. The worst part of this, is that many voters will take the bait and vote Republican!

    • bobnstuff

      I don’t believe they can get it together long enough to pass any useful bills. The 114th congress will be the least productive in history. Mr. Cruz and his friends will see to that.

      • Dominick Vila

        They may surprise us this time. With a national election around the corner, and a dismal record hanging over their heads, they may vote for infrastructure investment to impress the moderate wing of their party, and to have an argument against anticipated charges of ineptitude, lack of vision, and a political strategy that delayed the economic recovery and caused misery to millions of Americans.
        One of the most perplexing episodes for me was McConnell’s admission that the GOP policies of obstructionism that had such a negative impact on our economy and standard of living were intentional and designed to ensure President Obama was a one-term president. Hard to believe his constituents re-elected him after making such an incredible admission. I reckon the white supremacist zealots are willing to sacrifice themselves, if that’s what it takes to stick to a black man…

        • bobnstuff

          The republican couldn’t agree to vacate a burning building. If nothing else Ted will block it if he finds time to show up.

  • Lynda Groom

    When I was a child I loved the game of kick the can. Who knew it would become so popular with our wonderful Congress?

  • Daniel Jones

    Let me trim the crap:

    As always, the Senate will let things become an emergency, pass short term measures to avoid responsibility for long term bills, and claim all successes, including the ones they tried to stop, while shoving all flaws and failures onto others.

    Above all else, they will never, ever voluntarily solve a problem, lest they be expected to continue doing so.

    • Böcker

      Their 1% handlers won’t let them fund a long term bill.

    • Bill

      Great comment, this only shows once more the GOP isn’t able to pass anything that could help this country.

  • charleo1

    The GOP Congress. Rebuilding America one drip, and drizzle every 3 months. I’m guessing at this rate the interstate highway system would have been completed by the time the automobile was obsolete.

  • Böcker

    Because actually passing and funding a long term bill is hard…….republicans just can’t govern.

  • docb

    So another gop bag ineffectual band-aide and then home early to hide… for 5 weeks..The DO NOTHINGS on full display!
    Deplorable little cowards…of the right wing nuts!

  • 788eddie

    Boehner & McConnell are supposed to be our leaders in Congress.

    Some leaders!

    Pass a bill? I’m not sure they could pass gas!

    Get rid of the both of them!


    Let’s take the GOP members of Congress and put them on a few buses parked on one of those unsafe bridges they repeatedly refuse to fund for repairs. They can stay there until they get their act together and work for the better of the entire country rather than being only concerned about their party. These idiots fail to realize that their “party only” concerns have brought down the GOP to a level that has never been seen before. They have lost all respect.