Senator John Thune is the number-three man in the leadership of the majority party of the United States Senate. His party enjoys a larger majority in the Senate and just 2.5 percentage-point smaller majority in the House than Democrats had three Congri ago when Democrats got their poop in a group and got more done for more Americans (Fair Pay Act, stimulus, credit card reform, ObamaCare, Dodd-Frank, don’t-ask-don’t-tell repeal, new START treaty) than any Congress since the 1960s. If John Thune really wants a multi-year Highway Bill, he ought to be able to get it.
With just a day to spare, Congress approved a stopgap measure to fund the federal highway program, sending President Barack Obama the legislation to avert a Friday shutdown of transportation projects nationwide.
The $8 billion bill will keep federal projects on track for the next three months, but the temporary nature of the fix creates a new crisis point in fall, as Congress has been unable to agree on a long-term solution [Lisa Mascaro, “Congress Approves Yet Another Short-Term highway Funding Bill,” Tribune News Service via Governing, 2015.07.31].
Good grief, John. You’re as bad as Kristi Noem on the Farm Bill. Maybe if you spent less time dinking around with futile votes to repeal ObamaCare and more time telling Senate and House Republicans to get their act together the way Dems in the 111th Congress did, you’d have your Highway Bill. All it takes is a desire to get things done and the ability to lead others to help you get things done.
But stopgap highway bills and other crumbs are what we get when we elect a Senator and a Republican Party who don’t believe in governing and only want to keep their seats from Democrats who really can get things done.