The week ahead: Transport bill comes to crunch

A spokesman for Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerRepublicans fear retribution for joining immigration revolt Freedom Caucus bruised but unbowed in GOP primary fights GOP revolts multiply against retiring Ryan MORE (R-Ohio) told The Hill last week that GOP leaders would make a decision on how to proceed after consulting with members of the Republican caucus, a meeting that will likely come as lawmakers in the chamber return to Washington for two weeks before a scheduled spring recess.

Congressional Democrats and the White House have tried to ratchet up pressure on House Republicans to approve the transportation bill that was passed by the Senate, arguing that because it won 74 votes in the upper chamber it was a rare example of bipartisanship. 

“When you have a bill that gets 74 votes at a time when everything is so contentious — you barely squeak by on most of these votes — they ought to take a serious look at taking this bill up and passing it,” Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerThe ‘bang for the buck’ theory fueling Trump’s infrastructure plan Kamala Harris endorses Gavin Newsom for California governor Dems face hard choice for State of the Union response MORE (D-Calif.) said last week in a news conference.

Additionally, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment will hold a hearing on Wednesday about financial mechanisms for water infrastructure projects. The panel's subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management will meet Thursday to consider federal assets in a field hearing at the Cotton Annex in Washington.

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee's subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety and Security will meet Tuesday to consider commercial airline safety.