What a week! We started the week as a major underdog against this terrible highway bill. It looked like the forces of big government had the inside track to garner broad bipartisan support for the highway bill in both the House and the Senate. On Wednesday, John Boehner announced that he would pull the highway bill (H.R. 7) from the floor until after next week’s recess. He simply did not have the votes. Many conservative members who were previously indifferent to the highway bill began to voice their opposition, due in large part to our efforts to educate them about the debt and future bailouts that would be engendered by this bill.
Earlier this morning, we won another (temporary) victory in the Senate. Last week, just 9 Republicans voted to block consideration of the bill. Today, 42 Republicans opposed cloture on passage of the Senate version (S.1813), just enough to sustain the filibuster. We can now rest easy until February 28.
We’re not out of the woods yet, but we have the purveyors of big government on the run. Thanks for all your calls, emails, and letters to Congress. They’re working!