Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) 06/22/10 10:02 PM EDT
Politicians have been deploring our dependence on foreign oil for
decades. Every one of us can probably recite the key statistic: Every
single day we send $1 billion out of our economy to import oil from
Rep. John L. Mica (R-Fla.) 06/22/10 09:57 PM EDT
As the Obama administration prepares to solicit applications for the next round of $2.5 billion in high-speed rail grants, serious questions regarding the success of high-speed rail in the United States continue to surface. Last year, the administration spent most of the taxpayer’s $8 billion in stimulus funds on expanding Amtrak services that will require ongoing government subsidies to operate and maintain. In fact, last year every ticket on Amtrak was subsidized $54.78 on average. The administration has failed to release the scoring on which the stimulus awards were made, or justify why true high-speed rail was left at the station. Most importantly, the administration ignored the private sector and failed to keep the awards focused on dense corridors that could actually support true high-speed rail.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) 06/22/10 09:53 PM EDT
Kelly Phillips was a 17-year-old honors student at a suburban
Minneapolis high school in September 2007 when she died in a car crash.
Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.) 06/22/10 09:51 PM EDT
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) 06/22/10 09:44 PM EDT
History will probably regard the disappointing record of the 111th
Congress on issues of transportation and infrastructure as a litany of