There was a time when members of congress from all parts of the nation could agree on at least one issue. Transportation projects and the means to fund them.
But like so much else that has become dysfunctional in Washington the roads and bridges that once were bi-partisan projects are now just one more partisan firestorm. This year that tension is going to grow even more so as one of the Republican presidential candidates who has seen his poll numbers fall will make a spectacle designed to bolster his conservative credentials at the expense of the nation’s roads, and those who use them.
Senator Rand Paul has proven to be a joke in the past where his alienating of Democrats is only rivaled by his dislike from members of his own party. Now the man who looks like he has pubic hair on his head will take steam away from transportation needs to fight over…………abortion.
The Kentucky Republican’s presidential campaign said Rand would be seeking an amendment vote on blocking federal funding for Planned Parenthood next week. That will help crumbling bridges in Missouri and new stretches of pavement in Pennsylvania.
The problem with the Senate is that it has no germaneness requirement such as the House has so the Republican with no hope of winning any state primary in 2016 will stir things up, slow things down, and in the end win nothing but the ill will of those who are truly seeking a road bill.