Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz Intro Bill to Return Power Over Transit Policies to States
Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Mike Lee (R-UT) on Tuesday introduced legislation that would give states and localities more control over their infrastructure spending by phasing out the federal gas tax. If passed, the Transportation Empowerment Act would reevaluate federal mandates that don’t necessarily apply to all 50 states and allow states to manage their own transportation affairs with appropriate transportation policies. The Department of Transportation would continue to have authority over the design, construction, transportation research, and emergency assistance to States in response to natural disasters. It would also address the ailing Highway Trust Fund -- a federal fund for the nation’s transit -- which is critically low. “The Transportation Empowerment Act offers a viable solution to address the fiscal cliff facing the Highway Trust Fund, and will allow donor states, like Florida, to receive a better return on our infrastructure investments,” Rubio said. Cruz followed, adding that the bill is an important step in returning power to the states. “The strength and growth of American infrastructure is necessary to our economic future, and they are best achieved when we allow communities to assign resources according to their own needs, not far-off bureaucrats in Washington.” More here.