Word from CQ Roll Call is that House leaders are backing down on H.R. 7. A subscription email sent to T4 America staff this afternoon reported that a new House bill will be introduced, with a shorter time-frame:
According to a senior House GOP aide, the House bill will be shorter than the just under five-year bill (HR 7) originally envisioned. How much shorter is unclear; the aide said it would still “provide plenty of time for a new Congress and new President to enact a long-term reauthorization.”
The aide also said the changes to transit the bill had originally contained — primarily, getting rid of its funding link to the Highway Trust Fund — will be “postponed.”
We are still confirming this news, which may or may not change our response to the House’s transportation plans. The rumors are that the bill would remain linked to H.R. 3804, the energy revenue bill that passed last week, and could still contain troubling policies that would require continued advocacy to defeat. After all, there were at least ten reasons to oppose H.R. 7 so a smaller bill isn’t necessarily going to be a good bill.
Stay tuned and we will provide updates as more information becomes available.