Roll Call: The Republicans Who Voted To Block Little Spending After They Approved Big Spending
Yesterday, Republican U.S. Representative Tom McClintock introduced a legislative amendment to kill 1.4 billion dollars in spending to support Amtrak passenger rail service. Amtrak rail enables the airline industry to keep running by reducing air traffic control delays due to congestion in the skies – though the airline industry pays nothing for this favor. Passenger rail is much more efficient, both economically and environmentally, than any other method of inter-city transportation (besides walking, bicycling, and horseback riding). McClintock, and 147 other Republican members of Congress who voted for his amendment, didn’t find these details compelling. They say that the 1.4 billion dollars to Amtrak is wasteful spending.
The odd thing is that many of these same Republican members of Congress voted for much higher amounts of transportation spending not very long ago. They’re dead set against allowing 1.4 billion dollars for Amtrak to maintain the rails upon which its trains run, but just months ago, they voted to approve more than 26.8 billion dollars for the maintenance of the roads upon which the vehicles of the automotive industry putter along (at lower speeds, greater per-passenger cost, higher pollution, and lower passenger safety).
The following are the names of the Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives who voted to block little spending on efficient travel infrastructure yesterday, but also voted to approve big spending on inefficient travel infrastructure a few months ago:
Jaime Herrera Beutler
Cathy McMorris Rodgers