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Boehner bombs: House speaker fails on transportation bill #4jobs #2futures #FAIL #p2 #tcot

Boehner bombs: House speaker fails on transportation bill #4jobs #2futures #FAIL #p2 #tcot

Poor John Boehner. He thought he was going to be a hero. Now he just looks like a chump. Boehner, you will recall, is the fearless leader — the speaker, actually — of the U.S. House of Representatives. Last month, he introduced a federal highway bill that, if passed, would have made him the king of the road , the darling of the suburbs , the object of every car-lover’s desire. When he couldn’t find enough support to pass the bill (urban Republicans didn’t like his plan to cut funding for transit, budget hawks balked at the price tag), Boehner threatened the unimaginable : If the House didn’t sign on to his masterplan, he vowed, he would go with a compromise bill that passed in the Senate with (the horror!) broad support from both Republicans and Democrats. But the threats didn’t work — the House refused to go along with Boehner’s plan. Now, Boehner is locked in a high-stak...

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