Bill too expensive, goes beyond Presidents
WASHINGTON, D.C. Idaho Sen. Larry Craig, a member
of the Senate Appropriations Committee, voted against S.1072,
the Highway Funding Bill on Feb. 12, citing the high price
tag of the legislation and the current budget deficit.
Sen. Craig said:
This legislation reauthorizes our nations surface
transportation, freight, and mass transit programs, which
are so vital to the infrastructure of my State of Idaho and
to the nation. I would like to thank my colleague, Senator
Mike Crapo, for his hard and careful work in developing this
legislation. Under the formula Senator Crapo helped write,
Idaho will greatly benefit from the formulas allocation
for both our highway system and our transit needs.
That being said, I believe this legislation sends the
wrong signal to the American taxpayers. It is calculated at
a total cost of $318 billion, which is an increase of $62
billion or 24 percent over the Presidents proposal.
In a year when the federal deficit is projected to reach $477
billion, Congress must act responsibly by keeping spending
It is a tough choice for me to oppose this bill. However,
I cannot allow for future generations of Americans to pay
for the fiscal irresponsibility of our actions now.
It is my hope that when this legislation is placed
before a conference of the House and Senate, fiscal responsibility
prevails, and I will be able to cast a vote in favor of a
final conference report.