For Immediate Release:
July 29, 2014
Madison Project Urges Senators to Oppose Highway Bill, Adopt Mike Lee’s Innovation
Fort Worth, Texas – The Madison Project PAC issued the following statement ahead of Tuesday’s vote on the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 (H.R. 5021) in the U.S. Senate:
“With so much waste, inefficiency, and debt in the federal transportation system, the time is ripe for the Senate to go big on transportation policy,” said Daniel Horowitz, policy director of the Madison Project. “The current highway bill before the Senate invests even more money into the sinkhole of federal transportation policy and uses the most absurd accounting gimmicks to offset the $10.8 billion tab. The endless debt and constant threat of increased federal taxes exposes the absurdity of running something like transportation of 50 states from the nation’s capital.
“The only way to improve our infrastructure, avoid tax increases on a federal level, prevent the need for earmarks, and avoid wasteful and inefficient projects is to devolve the gas tax and the related responsibility for surface transportation to the 50 states, except for those projects that are national in scope and therefore germane to federal oversight and funding. Senator Mike Lee’s Transportation Empowerment Act (S. 1702) will do just that, and will come to the floor as an amendment to the highway bill.
“It’s time we free the states and the citizens from the paralysis, waste, and fraud that is associated with the lobbyist-driven federal transportation policy. Like other federal policies, it has encumbered growth and development for far too long. We urge all senators to oppose the underlying bill and adopt Sen. Lee’s amendment to empower the states with authority over transportation and abolish the gasoline tax.”
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