The First Draft: Block that metaphor
The House of Representatives is poised to vote today on one of the most significant environmental bills in history. It could be a nail-biter as Democratic leaders are still scrambling to ensure they have enough votes to pass the measure, which aims to wean industry off of carbon-emitting fuels blamed for global warming.
After that it has to clear the Senate, where Republicans will have an easier time derailing it if they so desire.
They’re still plugging away on healthcare reform. Senators say they’re closer to agreement on a $1 trillion bill that would extend coverage to nearly everyone without adding to huge budget deficits.
Something’s got to give, and that appears to be transportation spending. House Democrats have been working on a $500 billion package that would create a new fund for road repairs and increase spending on transit and rail.
That could require new gas taxes — never a popular option with voters — and Obama’s told Congress to wait until after the 2010 midterm elections to take it up.
So what’s the best metaphor for the transportation bill? Is it:
a. Stuck in traffic?
c. In a holding pattern?
photo credit: REUTERS/Nigel Roddis (A tribute to Michael Jackson in London, June 26)
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