Boehner’s barn cleaning continues


BarnWeeper of the House John Boehner’s “barn cleaning” continues in the House.

The TanMan could not get the long-term highway bill that is needed, but he did get the knuckleheads in the House to approve a short-term extension to give negotiators more time to negotiate the long-tern bill. The Highway Fund is set to run out of funds on Friday. House approves three-week highway bill. The Senate completed action on the bill today, and it heads to President Obama’s desk. Senate approves three-week highway bill.

Boehner’s House Passes Deadline Extension for Rail Safety System. The legislation, which would allow three more years for installation of positive train control, could prevent disruptions in service at the end of this year.

It took a rare Discharge Petition to bring it to a vote, but the House Votes Overwhelmingly to Reopen the Ex-Im Bank.  Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid says Senate Dems demand Ex-Im vote. “We should get this done this week.”

While the Senate approved the cybersecurity bill yesterday, Senate approves cybersecurity bill, it appears to be a bridge too far for the TanMan. Hurdles remain for major cybersecurity bill.

Today the House GOP nominated Paul Ryan for Speaker. A formal vote of the House is scheduled for Thursday, ending the TanMan’s long goodbye. In related news, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert pleads guilty to lying to the FBI in hush-money case.

The House is to vote on the bipartisan two-year budget deal later today. Bipartisan budget deal appears to have the votes to pass; With Little Suspense, Budget Deal Heads to the Senate.

Well, the village idiot, Aqua Buddha is threatening to filibuster the debt ceiling. Rand Paul will filibuster debt ceiling bill.

UPDATE: The House passed the bipartisan two year budget on a vote of 266 to 167, with 79 Republicans joining every Democrat. Roll Call Vote No. 579 Arizona Delegation:  Yes: Gallego, Grijalva, Kirkpatrick, McSally, Sinema; No: Franks, Gosar, Salmon, Schweikert (GOP House Freedom Caucus members).

The vote sends the proposal to the Senate.