Foxx Exhorts Congress to Spend Big on Roads, Bridges

Secretary Foxx said temporary extensions are not sufficient enough to address the nation’s infrastructure needs.

📅   Thu May 14, 2015 - National Edition
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The Hill is reporting that Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx last week said, “we ought to be embarrassed as a country” about the state of the nation’s infrastructure, as lawmakers scramble to beat a May 31 deadline for extending federal transportation funds.

Lawmakers have talked about passing a $10 billion patch to extend transportation funding until the end of the year, but Foxx said temporary extensions are not sufficient enough to address the nation’s infrastructure needs.

“We ought to be embarrassed as a country,” he said after an appearance at a Washington, D.C., Metrorail subway station in Northern Virginia.

“We just ought to be embarrassed that we have potholes in this country that aren’t filled; we have bridges that are crumbling; we have roads that need to be done; we have transit systems that are in a state of disrepair and others that we could be expanding; and we’re twisting in the wind,” Foxx continued.

He has pushed Congress to approve a six-year,$478 billion transportation funding measure, but lawmakers have balked at the proposal’s funding mechanism.

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