July 30, 2007

Tolls : Bipartisan coalition takes initial steps to kill TTC

Late last week, a bipartisan majority in the House passed the Hunter-Kaptur Amendment to the 2008 Transportation Appropriations Bill.

The House approved an amendment crafted by Kaptur, a Democrat, and U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (CA-52), a Republican, which prohibits the use of federal funds for Bush Administration officials to participate in continental working groups under the secretive Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP). The proposal to create the NAFTA Super Highway has become a topic of enormous controversy in Texas and the heartland states.

“The Hunter-Kaptur Amendment,” Kaptur said, “was a victory for openness in trade negotiations, highway safety, good wages, and fair trade policies. The grip of global corporations was loosened last night as House members cheered this amendment’s passage and its call for transparency and oversight over the Executive Branch in trade proceedings.”

No, it's not the end of all federal money and financing for TTC. However, it's a first step that desperately needed to be taken. The next one will be changing bias at the federal level from private to public financing for transportation projects.

Posted by mcblogger at July 30, 2007 07:07 AM

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