02 Feb '12, 10pm

Boehner’s last stand: House leader wants to kill transit funding

Rep. John Boehner thinks trains and buses are bogus, apparently. It was apparently not enough to obliterate funding for bike lanes and walking paths and kids trying to get to school. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) wants to keep our tax dollars from paying for public transit as well. Earlier this week, Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) unveiled a draft transportation bill that would cut all designated funding for bike and pedestrian infrastructure, the Safe Routes to School program, and grants that have encouraged “complete streets” projects. Still, it looked like the more egregious provisions would be stripped away as the legislation — titled “The American Energy & Infrastructure Jobs Act” — ran through the lawmaking process. And at least the bill maintained the country’s longstanding, if weak, commitment to public transportation. Then, last night, Boehner and the leaders of th...

Full article: http://grist.org/politics/boehners-last-stand-house-leade...

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