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The Moon is Made of Green Cheese

roadsNovember 8, 2011 – House Speaker John A. Boehner said that the U.S. House will take action on its own infrastructure package. Right, and the moon is made of green cheese. His comments come three days after Senate Republicans blocked a Democratic proposal (S. 1769) that would have spent $50 billion on infrastructure investments and set aside $10 billion to start a national infrastructure bank, and a Republican bill (S. 1786) that would have extended current highway funding for another two years.  “The American people deserve to know why their Republican representatives in Washington refuse to put some of the workers hit hardest by the economic downturn back on the job rebuilding America,” President Obama said. “It’s time for Republicans in Congress to put country ahead of party and listen to the people they were elected to serve. It’s time for them to do their job and focus on Americans’ jobs.” The truth of the matter is that everyone knows that infrastructure investment will create jobs and improve the economy, and we can't have that prior to the 2012 elections, can we? On Nov. 4, a bipartisan reauthorization bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) was unveiled by Senate Environment & Public Works Committee Chair Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Ranking Member Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus (D-Mt.), and Sen. David Vitter (R-La.). If this plan fails to move through Congress, it will be time to clean house.