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Posted at 5:19 p.m. on July 14, 2014
As the House Rules Committee was about to take up a bill Monday to replenish the Highway Trust fund, the conservative advocacy group Heritage Action made this week’s floor vote on the bill a “key vote” for its scorecard. This sets the stage for an election-year litmus test for Republican lawmakers.
The bill is sponsored by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., and endorsed by Speaker John A. Boehner who last week called it “a really solid bill.”
But Heritage Action derided the bill as “the fifth bailout of the HTF since 2008” and argued that “excessive spending levels set by highway bills enacted in recent years, and many spending diversions to non-road, non-bridge activities, have put the HTF on an unsustainable path.”
The group also said, “An inability to control spending combined with costly regulations that inflate the cost of projects has rendered the HTF model functionally obsolete.”
It said revenue transfers from general tax revenue into the fund have made it “increasingly difficult to enact structural reforms that turn over the federal highway and transit programs to the states, so they can manage their transportation needs without Washington bureaucrats.”