July 21, 2015
Mitch McConnell isn’t backing down in his quest for a multiyear transportation bill, moving to tee up another key vote as soon as Wednesday, even in the face of a Democratic rebellion that stalled the bipartisan proposal mere hours after it was unveiled.
The Kentucky Republican has made clear he wants to move a six-year bill fast, so the House has enough time to take up the package before the August break. McConnell even threatened a rare weekend session if the Senate doesn’t wrap up work on the bill before then.
Democrats banded together Tuesday afternoon to vote against moving the bill forward over concerns that lawmakers hadn’t had time to read the 1,000-page-plus proposal. Democratic staffers even circulated emails pointing out that the bill is lengthier than 2010 Affordable Care Act.
But McConnell and other supporters of the proposal — which would fund highway and transit programs for three years — said they were undeterred and vowed to try again with another vote possible Wednesday. Read on…