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NTU House Vote Alert: National Highway Bridge Reconstruction and Inspection Act (H.R. 3999)

Posted by Kristina Rasmussen - July 21, 2008

National Taxpayers Union
Vote Alert

NTU urges all Members to vote “NO” on the National Highway Bridge Reconstruction and Inspection Act (H.R. 3999). In addition to instituting new inspection requirements, the bill would authorize $1 billion for bridge replacement and rehabilitation in Fiscal Year 2009.

The federal government doesn’t need to spend more money on infrastructure. The 2005 highway bill, for example, increased funding by 42 percent – to a record $286.5 billion. This isn’t to say that Congress can’t reevaluate where existing funds are allocated. If bridge inspection is a priority, tax dollars should be shifted from less pressing projects. If just 1/25 of the funds that went to the 2005 highway bill’s 6,500 earmarks (totaling 9 percent of the total cost) were devoted to bridge repair, the new spending in H.R. 3999 would be more than offset. Taxpayers shouldn’t have to shell out another dollar until Congress gets its transportation spending priorities straight.

Roll call votes against H.R. 3999 will be significantly weighted in our 2008 Rating of Congress.

If you have any questions, please contact
NTU Director of Government Affairs Kristina Rasmussen at (703) 683-5700


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