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Democrats Throw Cold Water on Highway Bill

By JM Rieger and Niels Lesniewski

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Senate Democrats put the brakes on a highway deal announced earlier Tuesday between Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Barbara Boxer, voting against cloture to advance to a vehicle for the legislation 41-56. At their weekly news conference Democratic leaders asked McConnell for a delay on the vote in order to read the 1,030-page bill, released less than an hour in advance of the vote. “It’s really very, very unusual that my friend the Republican leader is asking us to do something that is somewhat untoward, and that’s an understatement. So, we’re not going to vote on a bill we haven’t seen,” Reid said. “We’ll vote on it, but not favorably. I’ve asked the Republican leader to put this over until we can look at the bill.” Read more.

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