Senators from both parties are slamming the House's latest plan to pass a three-month highway extension tomorrow, and then leave for the August break and force the Senate to either pass the House bill or watch federal highway money dry up.
Current highway funding expires Friday, and the House plan shows GOP leaders are essentially ditching a six-year highway funding bill that the Senate still hopes to pass this week.
Democrats complained that House Republicans were simply throwing in the towel and starting their five-week August recess early in order to avoid a debate with the Senate.
"It's still July," Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., noted on the Senate floor. "For the past ten years, the recess has started in August. The House of Representatives want to start it in July. Apparently they need a rest."