Trucking news and briefs for Friday, Oct. 1, 2021:
House skips vote on infrastructure bill as Congress kicks the can on funding
The U.S. House of Representatives set out to vote on a $1 trillion infrastructure bill on Thursday, but the vote never materialized as Democratic leadership of the House lost confidence that the bill would pass due to infighting with the progressive wing of the party. It also appears that it will be an uphill challenge for the vote to materialize on Friday.
As of 3 pm eastern time on Friday, no such vote has come up in the House. The White House announced President Joe Biden would meet with House democrats at around 3:30 pm.
Initially on Thursday, Rep John Katko (D-New York) broke with fellow House Republicans to call for a vote on the bill, for which the American Trucking Associations applauded him. The bill passed the Senate last month with strong bipartisan support and a 69-30 vote.
Notably, the Senate version of the bill now before the House does not include an insurance premium hike, as earlier House versions of the bill did.
Instead of the House voting on infrastructure and/or the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package Thursday, the Senate and later the House passed a stopgap spending bill that would avert a federal government shutdown through early December.