Senate clears amendment to exclude privatized highways from receiving federal transportation funds

My amendment simply ensures they are removed from consideration when we allocate federal funds, Bingaman said prior to the vote.

But Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) accused Democrats of limiting states ability to spend their own tax dollars in the way they see fit.  

This amendment eliminates a states right to prioritize its assets, DeMint said. Its immoral to take away a states right to capitalize on its own assets.