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Rogoff Slams House Transportation Bill

Wednesday, February 08, 2012 - 04:37 PM

Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff issued a sharply-worded statement today against the House version of the transportation bill, calling it "a huge step backward" and a "misguided bill."

Coupled with Secretary Ray LaHood's comments, where he called the bill "the most partisan ever," the statement represents one of the Obama Administration's most pugilistic stances to date. Here's the full statement:

“The House Majority’s approach eliminates a guaranteed funding source for mass transit that has been in place since the Reagan Administration and represents a huge step backward from a balanced transportation policy. The bill takes away billions of dollars that have already been collected solely for mass transit, impacting every American that rides a bus, or a train, or uses a paratransit van to get to work, school, or medical appointments each day.

“The House Majority proposal subjects all future Federal transit funding to partisan, controversial and unworkable funding schemes.  Meanwhile, the Senate has found a way to fund the needs of transit and highways in a bipartisan, non-controversial way.  There are no Democratic or Republican buses or rail systems. We can only hope that the House will follow the Senate’s bipartisan lead and fix this misguided bill.”

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Comments [2]

US taxpayer#123456

The House bill can only make one wonder what the inherent philosophy behind the cuts really is about...perhaps the intent is clear that by cutting all the other means of transport besides automobiles and trucks the gas tax revenues will forcibly go back up..a strategy I could see corporate PAC backers of creating and getting their Washington pawns to endorse. To eliminate programs that the formerly conservative Reagan administration put in place is, almost a slap in the face to traditional conservative ideology. The Tea Partiers are about to do more damage to the US economy than they can imagine, and put the US further behind as a world economic power. Although I am a transportation professional for over 20 years, I'd rather see an extension of the existing, as bad as that is overall, then any version of a new bill remotely resembling the present House approach. Moreover it should be re-named the Infrastructure Jobs LOSS bill as whole industries will close and need new employment.

Feb. 09 2012 09:09 PM
David Nice

Some members of Congress appear to think that we are in the 1950s, when we produced considerably more petroleum than we needed, when there were fewer cars and trucks on the road, and when we knew much less about the environmental harm caused by having immense numbers of cars and trucks traveling the country, often with one person per vehicle.
Times have changed, and it is time people realized it. Also, as our elderly population grows, we will have more and more people who cannot drive but still want to go places.

Feb. 09 2012 04:08 PM

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