The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee officially unveiled the “American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act,” today and it’s not going over so well so far.
According to the DC Streets Blog, there’s something for everyone to dislike in the proposed Federal transportation bill.
Among what some are calling it’s low points: no more dedicated bike/ped funding; no more TIGER or other discretionary transit programs; more money for highways, less accountability for state DOTs and increased drilling for oil and exploration as a way to make up the gap between what is needed for transportation funding and how much the gas tax actually brings in.
Don’t worry though, the bill isn’t going through as-is. It will be marked up on Thursday and even Chairman Mica says it will take some time, telling reporters to “get some hemorrhoid cream ointment and hang on” during long negotiations.