Morning Roundup: "Redo" Edition

A look at the morning headlines shows GOP leadership scrambling to save Speaker Boehner’s highway to nowhere bill and struggling with a divided conference as they attempt to retool a bill that destroys 550,000 jobs, rolls back safety and environmental standards, and fails to meet our nation’s infrastructure needs:

Politico: GOP to redo House transportation bill

“House Republicans are reworking Speaker John Boehner’s signature energy-infrastructure package to lower the price tag, shorten the duration and eliminate a controversial provision on transit funding.”

The bill has drawn criticism from transit advocates as well as fiscal conservatives, who have expressed concern that the existing $260 billion, five-year version wouldn’t cut enough from current spending and would diverge from the ‘user-pays’ model that many on the right prefer. The White House has also threatened to veto the House proposal while expressing support for a competing $109 billion, two-year transportation bill in the Senate.”

Some Republicans, such as Rep. Steve LaTourette of Ohio, have said a transportation bill is going to be impossible to pass without some Democratic support.”

Roll Call: John Boehner May Scale Back Highway, Energy Bill

Facing increasing opposition from within his own party, Speaker John Boehner may scrap his ambitious five-year highway and energy package in favor of a shorter and more palatable measure.”

But Republicans privately acknowledged the problems with the bill lie not only in the House, where the transportation portion was expected to fail, but also within Boehner’s own conference. According to a GOP aide, Boehner is considering shortening the bill to two years and scrapping a plan to separate transit and highway funding, a plan that led to a moderate revolt within his conference. The retooled bill could also include new cuts to spending as a potential fig leaf to conservatives within the party.”

The turmoil is the latest in a series of embarrassing unforced errors for Boehner on the transportation bill. Although the bill was intended to be his signature legislative policy proposal, Boehner has struggled to pull together enough GOP votes to pass it. He was first forced to break the comprehensive package into separate energy, funding and transportation bills last week. But as opposition to the transportation portion continued to build, he was then forced to delay a vote on it until next week.”

The Hill: Boehner may scale back highway bill amid Republican opposition

“House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) may significantly scale back his signature transportation bill in the face of opposition from conservative and centrist members of his own party.”

The move would be seen as a dramatic retreat for the Speaker, who has trumpeted the $260 billion legislation as a jobs priority but was forced to postpone floor consideration last week amid resistance from Republicans and complete opposition from Democrats.”

“Conservatives have complained the highway bill spends too much, while centrists in the Republican conference, including some traditional Boehner allies, have criticized cuts to mass transit programs and changes to the long-term funding of the highway trust fund.”

The retreat would be the second setback in a row for Boehner, who acceded to Democratic demands to extend the payroll tax cut without fully off-setting it with spending cuts.”

AP: House GOP leaders weigh scaling back highway bill, dropping transit plan

Facing a revolt in their ranks, House Republicans leaders are considering significantly downsizing a bill that was supposed to provide a long-term blueprint for federal highway, transit and other transportation programs.”

The changes would mark a significant retreat from the $260 billion bill House Republicans were trying to pass late last week. It would also bring the measure closer in shape to a bipartisan transportation bill in the Senate that would spend $109 billion over two years.”