Whose money moves the transportation bill?
[Oberstar's bill] was marked up by the Highways and Transit Subcommittee but has yet to come to a full committee vote. That bill — considered drastic reform by many — promises to consolidate or terminate more than 75 programs, create a national strategic plan, and make state and local governments plan for “specific goals.” The bill also moves toward a national freight plan, and creates a $50 billion funding stream for high speed rail, while promising policy beyond just more roads. It is clear that a host of disparate lobbying groups have had input, although no one has yet decided how to pay for it all. That call is up to the House Ways and Means Committee, which has yet to commit to any specific solution.
Is a firm getting paid a hefty sum to lobby on a project that doesn’t seem worth it? Why was a group in your area unable to get federal funding doled through the state government, the route for most federal transportation spending? What are the priority transportation projects in your area? We encourage you to explore the data in our map, dig deeper, and let us know what you find.
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