Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
Talking Points Memo reports Jesse Kelly Drops Out Of Arizona House Race:
After losing the special election in Arizona to succeed Gabrielle Giffords in Congress, two-time Republican candidate Jesse Kelly has announced that he is dropping out of the race for a full term in November.
“I would like to thank our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, my wife Aubrey, and our supporters for their unwavering commitment to the values that make America great,” Kelly said in a statement. “Looking at the results from Tuesday, we have decided to withdraw from the race for Congress in AZ-02 and to seek other opportunities.”
Maybe Jesus told him about that sweet stimulus money his daddy's construction company is about to enjoy if the Tea-Publican obstructionists in Congress would just get out of the way. Boxer, Inhofe Float New Transportation Bill Proposal | ENR.com:
Seeking to jump-start slow-moving House-Senate negotiations on a new surface transportation bill, Senate leaders have delivered a compromise proposal to their House counterparts. The plan—which Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and that committee's top Republican, James Inhofe (Okla.), personally took to the House on June 5—deals with highway, transit and safety portions of the bill.
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Construction and transportation groups have stepped up their lobbying, pushing for a deal by June 30, when a short authorization expires. It is the ninth stopgap since 2009, when the last long-term highway-transit bill lapsed. Ten groups wrote conferees on June 5, urging them to act.
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Some 400 Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) representatives fanned out on Capitol Hill on May 30-31, telling lawmakers and staffers to finish the long-overdue measure quickly. The industry executives came to Washington for a fly-in sponsored by the coalition, which includes 29 organizations.
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Addressing TCC members on May 30, House transportation committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) said, "I'm going to do everything I can to get the bill across the line."
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But June 30 is just ahead. Pam Whitted, National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association senior vice president for legislative and regulatory affairs, says, "I think we've got a short period of time, and that's why we've got to keep the pressure on."
Just keep cashing those stimulus checks, Jesse.