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McCain’s Transit Hit List: Get the Details
Posted By Elana Schor On September 14, 2009 @ 11:49 am In John McCain,Streetsblog Capitol Hill,Transit,Transportation Policy | 21 Comments
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), a self-styled foe of what he labels  wasteful government spending, has launched a broadside against transit projects in the U.S. DOT's 2010 spending bill, which is slated for a vote this week in the upper chamber of Congress.
The GOP's 2008 presidential nominee frequently targets earmarks that span  a broad variety of issues, although his efforts rarely succeed in peeling off more than a handful of Democrats. Still, his target list for the 2010 spending bill that funds the DOT and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is notable for its focus on stifling transit.
McCain included one federal highway project on his hit list, one that appeared deliberately chosen from his home state: a $4.25 million earmark for the Hoover Dam bypass bridge , requested by his fellow Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl (R).
Even if McCain's amendments fall short, as is likely, the U.S. DOT still could be blocked from spending money on clean transportation. Sen. Tom Coburn's (R-OK) seven proposed amendment to the 2010 bill include one that would "prohibit the use of funds for roadkill reduction programs, transportation museums, scenic beautification projects, or bike and pedestrian paths" until the nation's highway trust fund is on a firmer financial footing, according to a report in Friday's CQ.
After the jump, check out a full list of the transit projects that McCain aims to strike this week.
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