Although a long-term, comprehensive surface transportation bill practically sailed through the U.S. Senate this week, prospects for similarly quick action by the U.S. House of Representatives either on the Senate bill or its own version of a highway bill have dimmed considerably from just over a week ago.

Back on March 7, FleetOwner reported that the office of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John L. Mica, (R-FL) stated that during a GOP conference,  Mica’s transportation bill received the support of the House Republican leadership and so “will continue to be the focus of efforts to pass a major transportation and energy jobs initiative through the House.”