Boehner May Tie Keystone to Extending Highway Funding

  • By John Stanton Roll Call Staff April 12, 2012, 7:19 p.m.
Speaker John Boehner is reportedly preparing a 90-day “clean” extension of federal highway and transit programs that would include provisions opening the Keystone pipeline as a vehicle for beginning conference talks with the Senate, GOP aides said today.

After making legislation tying energy production and highways his signature policy measure, Boehner has struggled to make progress in the face of broad opposition within his own conference. Although a “grand bargain” on energy and transportation never drew the support Boehner had hoped for, he is still intent on linking the two issues, and a GOP leadership aide today said Keystone is ripe for action given the Obama administration’s actions.  Read More…