GOP lawmaker: We're past point of doing separate infrastructure bill

GOP lawmaker: We're past point of doing separate infrastructure bill
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Rep. Rodney DavisRodney Lee DavisState and local officials beg Congress to send more election funds ahead of November The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Teachers' union President Randi Weingarten calls Trump administration plan to reopen schools 'a train wreck'; US surpasses 3 million COVID-19 cases The Hill's Coronavirus Report: DC's Bowser says protesters and nation were 'assaulted' in front of Lafayette Square last month; Brazil's Bolsonaro, noted virus skeptic, tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (R-Ill.) said on Thursday that separate legislation addressing infrastructure in the House will likely not be passed in the near future, citing a lack of leadership on the issue.

“We’re already past the point of doing a separate infrastructure bill,” Davis, who is the ranking member on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highway and Transit, told The Hill Editor-in-Chief Bob CusackRobert (Bob) CusackThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Thousands expected for George Floyd's Houston visitation The Hill's Morning Report - Capitol Hill weighs action on racial justice as protests carry on The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Mnuchin: More COVID-19 congressional action ahead MORE.

The remarks were made at The Hill’s Future of Mobility Summit, which was sponsored by Qualcomm, Uber, the Edison Electric Institute, and the National Parking Association.


“If folks were serious about that at the leadership levels, and the White House levels, that would have had to be done by August,” he continued.

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Republicans called the deal too ambitious and said they are against any deal that adds to the deficit.

Davis did express optimism about the surface transportation reauthorization measure, which would aid highways, but warned that impeachment could suck the air out of any movement on the issue.

“So as we move into the surface transportation debate, I hope it doesn’t get sidetracked, but history shows us that impeachment will suck the energy and the air out of everything out here in Washington,” he said. “I hope we can sit down and really begin the process of putting the details together of a surface transportation reauthorization.”

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