The Times reminds its readers that it was the president so revered today by House Republicans, Ronald Reagan, that signed the the Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982 that created the Mass Transit Account that they wish to eliminate. The bill also increased the gas tax by five cents - a 125% increase over the existing four cent tax.
"It would make financing for mass transit much less certain, and more vulnerable, by ending a 30-year agreement that guaranteed mass transit a one-fifth share of the fuel taxes and other user fees in the highway trust fund.
It would open nearly all of America's coastal waters to oil and gas drilling, including environmentally fragile areas that have long been off limits.
It would demolish significant environmental protections by imposing arbitrary deadlines on legally mandated environmental reviews of proposed road and highway projects."