Politico Morning Transportation

July 30, 2015

It’s the eve of deadline day. And by mid-afternoon, the Senate is expected to have sent a three-month transportation patch off for the president’s signature. While there are never any guarantees some senator won’t march onto the floor with an objection that forces the chamber through a maze of procedural maneuvers just to eventually achieve the same end, it seems like everybody in the upper chamber is sufficiently on board with the vote, which will take 60 supporters to pass.

True to his word, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will first make lawmakers finish what they started 10 days ago – consideration of the multi-year bill that’s not sailing off to the White House anytime soon. That first passage vote is scheduled for noon. And the vote on clearing the three-month patch is set for 1:45 p.m..
Presidential approval: Despite the White House’s previous insistence that lawmakers tack a reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank onto whatever transportation plan they pass this month, the folks over at 1600 Penn. sent word Wednesday that President Barack Obama would in fact sign the patch.

Lopsided vote: On the Hill, there has been an overwhelming willingness to back the three-month extension, even as Democrats chastise GOP leaders for punting again. After spending hours bashing Republican leaders for not keeping the House in session long enough to take up the Senate’s multi-year bill, the vast majority of Democrats voted for passage of the measure, which skated through on a tally of 385-34.