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Senate Key Vote: Highway Transportation Funding

Jul 28, 2014 by AFP

Dear Senators:

On behalf of more than two million Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I urge you to consider the following votes during your upcoming consideration of the transportation infrastructure funding legislation. Americans for Prosperity will rate each of these or substantially similar votes in its congressional scorecard.

I strongly urge you to OPPOSE the Boxer alternative:

–  The Boxer amendment (#3583) to reauthorize the Highway Trust Fund through December. Allowing funding and authorization to expire in December would force legislators to consider transportation legislation during the “lame-duck” session, when retiring and out-going lawmakers are less accountable to their constituency. A lame-duck vote would result in excessive, wasteful spending and exacerbate existing problems with the current transportation funding formula.

I strongly urge you to SUPPORT the following amendments:

–  The Lee amendment (#3584) to devolve transportation responsibility to the states. Devolution would significantly reduce the federal gas tax, and allow states to raise and spend gas tax dollars within their own borders as they see fit. Devolution would make transportation spending more responsive and accountable to consumers, saving taxpayers billions of dollars.

–  The Toomey amendment (#3585) to exempt reconstruction of roads and bridges damaged in a declared emergency from several environmental regulatory requirements. Exempting road and bridge projects that previously met all federal regulatory requirements from enduring the process again will reduce time and cost of rebuilding following a declared emergency.

Americans for Prosperity will rate each of these or substantially similar votes in its congressional scorecard.

Visit our scorecard online: www.AFPscorecard.org

Sincerely,

Wm. Brent Gardner

Director of Federal Affairs

Americans for Prosperity