LaHood: Transpo Bill Worst Bill in Decades, Most Partisan Ever

Thursday, February 02, 2012 - 12:32 PM

Ray LaHood at a 2011 White House press conference (image taken from White House video of press conference)

It's not just the advocates who hate the new transpo bill. So does Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a former Republican Congressman from Illinois.

“This is the most partisan transportation bill that I have ever seen,” LaHood told Politico.

“And it also is the most anti-safety bill I have ever seen. It hollows out our No. 1 priority, which is safety, and frankly, it hollows out the guts of the transportation efforts that we’ve been about for the last three years,” LaHood added. “It’s the worst transportation bill I’ve ever seen during 35 years of public service.”

LaHood is known for being blunt.  But this is his sharpest criticism we've seen to date of his former congressional colleagues.
However, LaHood said last week he doesn't think the bill will pass, anyway.


Comments [3]


Eric: In 1912, there was probably more public transit than today. Cable and street cars, all of which have long since disappeared from Midwestern towns.

Feb. 03 2012 01:03 PM

Mica is a total dud.

Feb. 03 2012 10:36 AM
Eric McClure

Good for the Secretary. The Republican War on Transit is shameful, and exposes a party bereft of smart ideas for the country. Someone tell Boehner, Cantor et al that it's 2012, not 1912.

Feb. 03 2012 12:47 AM

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