28 Feb '12, 7pm

The GOP's Oily Transportation Plan Crumbles in the House

The GOP's Oily Transportation Plan Crumbles in the House

The House GOP's transportation bill was, to put it bluntly (and accurately), an abomination. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood deemed it "the worst transportation bill I've seen in 35 years of public service". Not only would it have jeopardized funding for mass transit and axed important pedestrian and bicycle programs, but Republicans were planning on paying for the increased costs by opening up vast swaths of public lands for oil and gas drilling. It was so bad that even conservative Republicans started abandoning the bill—read all about the chaotic, sordid affair in my piece on the controversial behemoth over at Salon . Thankfully, it's dying. Here's Politico : The collapsing highway bill is a case study in the perils of John Boehner’s bottom-up leadership style. The speaker of the House prefers to come up with broad outlines of a legislative plan, delegate to co...

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