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October 24, 2014

Hoyer Predicts Easy Passage of ‘Gimmicky’ Highway Bill

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Hoyer predicts “gimmicky” highway bill will pass. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland predicted Democrats will overwhelmingly support a short-term highway trust fund bill on Tuesday, even though they would prefer a long-term fix with more solid pay-fors.

Hoyer said he will vote for the bill, which extends highway funding through May, but called the offsets used to pay for the bill “gimmicky.”

“I think there will be probably overwhelming support,” he said. “When you’re confronted at the end with, ‘You do this or we shut down,’ we’re not for shutting down. We think that the economy would be hurt, people would be hurt, jobs would be lost.”

He added that he is not concerned the highway bill would compromise efforts to pass an extension of unemployment insurance, which had been proposed in the Senate using the same offsets.

“If we use it now, we’ll foreclose the use on UI,” he said. “Am I concerned about that? We’re the richest country on the face of the earth. If we need to fund UI — which I don’t think we need to fund in the short term; it’s an emergency — we can come up with dollars from someplace else.”

  • Jazzy

    Renew UI, long term unemployed are the new Mentally ill.

    • Chad Hatten houston

      When will the homeless numbers go up. If people have been without income for all this time, you’d expect millions of new homeless.

  • Wayne Heddinger

    VOTE NO ON UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSIONS WITHOUT RETRO BENEFITS !

    WE ARE URGING OUR REPS IN CONGRESS TO VOTE NO ! UNLESS IT
    INCLUDES RETROACTIVE BENEFITS THIS BILL DOES NOT DO ANYTHING TO HELP US WHO
    HAVE LOST EVERYTHING SINCE DECEMBER 28TH…NOTHING…

    VOTE NO !

    Call LeBionno – 202-225-6572

    Call Kildee – 202-225-3611

    Call Reid – 202-224-3542

    Call Heller – 202-224-6244

    Call Reed – 202-224-4642

    Call Levin – 888-810-3880

    Call Pelosi – 202-225-4965

    • Chad Hatten houston

      get a life

      • Wayne Heddinger

        glad you showed up to blow me again…I really need the money !

        • Chad Hatten houston

          everyone knows you are rich in Louisville, likely a mitch McConnell operative

          • Wayne Heddinger

            I do like that “everyone knows” statement too….everyone being all of your lame screen names !

        • Cynthia Dobbins

          Poor wayne. You have the transaction turned backwards. can’t even get your digs in correctly. I can’t believe you do those things for money. times are bad for, poor wayne!!

          • Wayne Heddinger

            another cunt…I mean troll…..you can blow me too…$60 and I won’t tell chad your father !

  • darrell_b8

    Leftist POS; cut spending; defund Obama Care; defund the IRS, EPA, DOE, DOEd; give lotsa UI to former bureaucrats….

  • Richard Yancy

    SMH……

  • Chad Hatten houston

    so tired of the same cu and paste post by wayne heddinger, who did retire wealthy in louisville

  • Sebastian Klay

    dsfdfd

  • Chad Hatten houston

    wayne it’s great for you that you had the time and money to be so involved in lights over Louisville fireworks.

  • Cynthia Dobbins

    Has everyone noticed the quality of the forums go down hill when Wayne pops on the scene??..We girls now what his problem is!! Wink Wink

  • Sebastian Klay

    Poor, Wayne. His whole factless ideology keeps crashing around him. get a load of this, Wayne!…retro killed EUC. You know, Wayne? Keeping cutting and pasting the “no” vote, if it makes you feel good, but, yes or no, it just doesn’t matter. The bill isn’t even coming up for a vote!!!!!.

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress/is-it-time-to-declare-the-death-of-emergency-unemployment-insurance-20140717

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