Reed Backs “Sad Excuse for a Highway Funding Bill”

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.

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3 Responses to Reed Backs “Sad Excuse for a Highway Funding Bill”

  1. whungerford says:

    Tom Reed wrote that he : “recently held a roundtable with Highway Superintendents, Public Works Commissioners and airport and highway officials to listen to their needs and concerns before the House considered the Highway Trust Fund bill. Reed said one of the main takeaways was the groups’ opposition to a gas tax increase, a tax increase Reed has long been opposed to.” That’s not what they told him–they said they needed a long term transportation bill, not a band-aid. Tom says he listens, but all he hears is in his head.

  2. Deb Meeker says:

    The Republican leadership seems to be continuing their promise to Grover. Strangle the government in general; and only to eke out enough desperately needed funding to last a few months. Too bad Tom Reed and the rest of those that signed the “Norquist Pledge” didn’t take their oaths of office as seriously.

  3. Barbara Griffin says:

    No matter which state you drive across in the Northeast, the roads are crumbling. I can’t help but wonder how much money pours into Washington from Michelin and Goodyear. Thousands of good paying jobs would be created by investing in highway and bridge repair, but the military/industrial complex needs to build a few more billion dollar jets that don’t work, apparently.

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