Margin between keeping, removing PITFA from customs bill down to ‘handful of votes’
“It’s somewhere north of 50, but it’s going to come down to a handful of votes.” R Street Institute Executive Director Andrew Moylan told us he’s “cautiously optimistic even though there’s obviously an ongoing effort to strip” PITFA from HR-644. “But, we know what the vote looked like on the House side [for PITFA (HR-235)]. This has passed twice in the last several years on a voice vote so there’s been no significant objection to speak of” in the House, Moylan said. “I don’t think there’s any question that the Senate could easily support this measure on its own but the question is how many people are going to succumb to the temptation to torpedo” passing PITFA as part of HR-644 “in favor of some ploy to carry along a much more controversial” S-698.