Shuster Says Infrastructure Bill Might Pass During Lame-duck Session

March 1, 2018
A bipartisan infrastructure bill may not be ready this summer

The Hill reports House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster's earlier prediction that a bipartisan infrastructure bill could be ready this summer may be changing.

Instead, in a meeting Wednesday with American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Shuster suggested employing a lame-duck strategy after the midterm elections.

“Maybe we can pass it before August recess, hopefully we can. If not, everybody takes out their knives, political knives in September and October, and we’ll be just cutting each other up,” Shuster said Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn told Bloomberg expressed doubts any legislation will be finalized before the November elections. “It will be challenging,” Cornyn said in the Bloomberg interview. “I certainly would be happy if we could, but we’ve got a lot of things to do, that being one of them, and I don’t know if we will have time to get to that.”

At issue is funding. “Show me the money. There’s no sense in talking policy if there is no money,” Infrastructure Committee ranking member Peter DeFazio told the gathering of state transportation officials.

"But if there's no money, it's not worth having the discussion," he added.

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