GOP Transportation Bill A Derailment About To Happen
House Republicans may have set a record for how many counterproductive ideas can be stuffed into one package with their version of a $260 billion transportation bill.
What should have been a bipartisan effort to meet the challenges of the 21st century - relieving highway congestion, enhancing mass transit, protecting the environment - was hijacked by Republicans locked in a pave-and-drill mentality of the 1950s.
The bill they produced (HR7) was so over-the-top combative that it's hard to believe they were serious. It was as if they were more interested in scoring points with special interests than taking care of the people's business.
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The US passenger rail provider carried 31.2 million people in fiscal 2012, up 49% since 2000.
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