On Tuesday, our congressman, Rep. Tom Reed, voted for what the New York Times calls a “sad excuse for a highway funding bill.” The Times points out that 10,000 Americans die each year as a result of inadequate road conditions. Moreover, bad roads are bad for business, as this blog recently noted. “Most of the blame,” for our deteriorating transportation infrastructure, according to the Times, “can be placed directly on a Congress that refuses to collect and spend enough money to fix it.”
Tuesday’s bill is a 10-month stopgap paid for by budget gimmicks. What the country needs instead is something like President Obama’s four-year, $302 billion transportation bill — but we’re not going to get to a lasting solution as long as Republicans control the House of Representatives.