The Senate seems to be debating Obamacare repeal, a highway bill, reviving the expired Export-Import Bank, something about Iran and Israel, and cutting off subsidies to abortion-industry leader Planned Parenthood — all at the same time. What's going on here?
Here's the story, boiled down to its essential elements:
1. The bill in question is the highway bill
The federal Highway Trust Fund runs out of money Friday. President Obama, the road-building industry and much of the business world want a 6-year extension, but nobody can agree about how to fund it (whose taxes to hike). So the House has passed a four-month extension of funding for the highway bill, pushing a fight over revenues until after the August recess.