29 Jun '12, 9pm

Congress passes terrible transportation bill, hits the road

Congress passes terrible transportation bill, hits the road

After months of partisan gamesmanship, Congress finally coughed up a transportation bill today. Both the House and the Senate voted to OK a compromise of a compromise that is a major letdown for fans of bikes and clean transit. President Obama is expected to sign it into law today or tomorrow. Despite much back-patting and talk of bipartisanship, a semi-decent Senate version of the bill was gutted during the conference-committee process. First House lawmakers loaded it up with “poison pills,” including a provision that would have forced the approval of the Keystone XL tar-sands pipeline. Those pills were dropped from the final bill, but so were measures that would have promoted public transit, walking and biking infrastructure, air quality, accountability, and environmental review. What was left? Highways, highways, and more highways. “The final bill looks a lot like HR7,”...

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