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Mica bill an "Epic Fail"

HighwayBill200x150July 7, 2011 – Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, has just proposed a six-year transportation reauthorization bill that invests a paltry $230 billion to repair and rebuild our highways and bridges, a drop of about 20 percent from the last transportation bill signed by President George W. Bush in 2005. In the vernacular of my teenage daughters, that is an "Epic Fail," and would result in the loss of even more construction jobs in an industry still reeling from the after-effects of Great Wall Street Recession.  The Obama administration has proposed spending $566 billion for transportation, but still to be worked out is how to pay for it. Meanwhile, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., the chairwoman of Environment and Public Works Committee, by next week will propose a two-year, $109 billion transportation bill that would maintain the current spending levels. All I know is, The Mica bill is not acceptable, and while many of its other elements are commendable, it does not even come close to the dollar amount needed. This is about jobs, public safety and national security — now go find the money and bring it to the table.