A conference committee Tuesday morning approved a
The agreement -- which still needs approval of both the House and the
"This is best report you can see and the alternative to this would be nothing," said
"We're looking at a fiscal cliff, and I don't think there's any disagreement about that," he said.
There was plenty of pessimism Tuesday about the chances of getting a compromise out. But Tuesday morning, legislative leaders tried to sound optimistic.
The road money element is the main source of contention.
Under a proposal sponsored by Clouse and passed by the House last month,
That gave some legislators pause. With the
"It provides additional revenue above and beyond what Clouse's bill is proving," he said.
The conference committee report allocates more money to debt repayment than Orr's bill. It maintains the
The bill also requires
The lack of road money could have been a deal breaker for south
There were early signs that there could be a fight Wednesday. Sen.
"We're going to talk to other members and see where we are," he said. "I can't support the bill as approved by the conference committee."
Smitherman said he believed there were more votes to stop debate on Orr's side than south
"I think there are enough votes to cloture, but you're not going to have cloture," he said.
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