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Changes Expected in Transportation Bill

Filed by KOSU News in Feature, Local News, Politics.
November 15, 2011

A new federal transportation bill would allow states to shift money away from bike and walking paths. The two year Senate proposal is sponsored by US Senator Jim Inhofe (R – Oklahoma). Inhofe says since the funding for the measure comes from gas taxes, the focus should be on roads and bridges.

“We’re dealing with a subject that everybody, liberals and conservatives, Democrats, Republicans all have needs for roads, highways, bridges. That’s really one of the two major things we’re supposed to be doing in Washington.”

Inhofe says he expects the Senate to overwhelmingly approve the legislation, but it needs to get reconciled with the House version before going to the President. The Oklahoma Republican is confident that if California’s junior Democratic Senator agrees with his views, a majority of Americans will as well.

“Anything that is acceptable to both me and Barbara Boxer has got to enjoy a lot of public support.”

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