Letting Congress Be Congress: Transportation Funding | Talking Points Memo

A new president is in charge, but Congress’ allergy to innovation and reliance on outmoded ideas hasn’t really changed at all. Exhibit B: the transportation funding amendment that Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Patty Murray (D-WA) are pushing to add to the stimulus bill this week.Labor unions are throwing their weight behind this transport amendment, which sounds great — it adds $5 billion for mass transit and $13 billion for highways. But consider that roads are already in line for $27 billion in the stimulus, with little to no conditions to ensure the money goes to repairs rather than new highways.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://talkingpointsmemo.com/?p=146381