Earl Blumenauer Says Republicans Are Undermining Transportation Policy

Representative Earl Blumenauer, well-known as a supporter of progressive transportation policies, says that the Republican majority in the House is up to "budget gimmickry that undermines our economy and the safety of our communities."
January 10, 2011, 9am PST | Tim Halbur
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Rep. Blumenauer is referring to a new set of rules enacted by the Republicans that impacts how budgets are approved:

"Under these rules, the new Republican majority will enact a draconian budget without a single hearing, without any input from the Budget Committee, without any outreach to Congressional Democrats, and without a direct vote by the House of Representatives. Merely by entering a statement into the record, the Budget Chairman can subject all spending beyond whatever levels he deems appropriate to a point of order."

"At a time when the need to invest in our communities is higher than ever, these rules will make it possible for the Republican Congress to decrease our investment in infrastructure, undermining efforts to rebuild and renew communities across the country."

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Published on Saturday, January 8, 2011 in The Infrastructurist
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