All it took was a couple threats by Roger Goodell to get the stadium moving forward again. Monday night the House Ways and Means Committee sent a recommendation for a revised funding plan to the House, and now indications are the full House and Senate could vote on the plan by Friday. This just a week after the stadium bill looked dead in the water in the wake of a committee defeat.
Still, the typical hidden political games are being played at the same time the process appears to be gaining momentum. Certain committees are being prevented from taking up the bill for fear there won’t be enough votes. And there is still concern that not enough Democrats are ready to jump on board.
I guess it’s a positive sign that things are moving toward a vote, but it’s fair to wonder how good the bill’s prospects really are. Goodell’s threats may have gotten things moving forward again but the fact remains, the stadium won’t get built until the political will exists to pass the plan. Steering things through select committees and cobbling together shaky coalitions may only be creating a false sense of momentum that will all go away once legislators are forced to vote for real.