Senator Barbara Boxer said Wednesday that the closed-door Senate-House
committee is coming close to finalizing a transportation bill, although the
Keystone pipeline issue is still a sticking point. The committee started with the
Senate’s 2-year $106 billion transportation infrastructure bill, which passed the
Senate but not the House.
The GOP tried to include in the bill a provision for fast-tracking the Keystone oil
pipeline, which the White House has shelved until the requisite environmental
review is completed.
Boxer said after speaking with Speaker of the House John Boehner Tuesday,
she was optimistic about making a deal by the June deadline. She said she
would produce a bill that will go through, without a presidential veto.
Boehner stated that Keystone remains a priority, but Boxer stated a symbolic
vote held in the House on Friday revealed that House Republicans did not
have the two-thirds vote they would need to overrule a presidential veto on the