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Senate Blocks Progress on Highway Funding Bill
July 29, 2015
With a 41-56 vote, the Senate stopped progress on a bill that would be used as a vehicle for the six-year highway funding deal led by Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA). Sixty votes were needed for the bill to move forward. Democrats objected the bill on the grounds that they had yet to see the bill’s details. They weren’t alone in their opposition, however. Republicans including Senator Mike Lee (Utah), Ted Cruz (Texas), Richard Shelby (Alabama), and Bob Corker (Tennessee) also voted against the bill. McConnell voiced that he understood their wanting more time to read the 1,030 page bill, as it was received only hours before the vote. Lawmakers are facing a tight deadline on this highway bill, as federal infrastructure funding is expected to run out at the end of the month. The vote wasn’t a good start for the McConnell-Boxer deal, but it isn’t the end of the legislation.