Senate Republicans block transportation jobs plan

| November 04, 2011

U.S. Senate Republicans Nov. 3 blocked a $60 billion White House proposal to repair transportation systems as part of President Obama’s American Jobs Act.

All 47 Senate Republicans, one Democrat and one independent voted against the bill that addressed construction workers and was part of Obama’s $447 billion stimulus plan. The plan needed 60 votes to advance.

The bill, co-sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, would have spent $50 billion to upgrade roads, bridges, rail lines, transit systems and airports, and also would have allocated $10 billion in loan funding to underwrite an infrastructure bank to help pay for priority projects.

After the vote on the Obama measure, Senate Democrats voted down a Republican infrastructure plan that would have extended funding for highways and prohibited federal environmental regulators from placing new rules on cement producers and domestic boilers.

The day before the votes, Obama had delivered remarks in front of Washington, D.C.’s Key Bridge urging Congress to pass the transportation piece of the American Jobs Act. “Together, these initiatives would put hundreds of thousands of construction workers back on the job rebuilding roads, rails and runways,” Obama said. “Construction workers have been among the Americans hit hardest over the past few years. That makes no sense when there’s so much of America that needs rebuilding.”

  • Karl Allen

    Of course everyone will be calling them mean and out of touch not voting on bill. However read the bill and it states it will help roads, bridges, TRANSIT, RAIL and AIRPORTS. Hmm Those last three are government sponsored so were do you suppose the majority of money will go. Yet who will pay the brunt. Where does my HUT go, what about all the surcharges on IFTA. Or maybe where is all the fuel tax that the trucks pay. When they come up with road bill that doesnt include paying for rails and buses I might soften a bit. What hurts is when I have to watch cars that dont pay squat drive in HOV lanes or when trucks help pay for all lanes but are restricted to the right then some smuck in Washington wants me to pay more. How about show me where my money you get now goes. That would be a start instead of pissing it away and asking, no not asking, but demanding more. GOD BLESS and look out for the American Trucker.(no one else seems to) strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.