Key Vote Alert – "NO" on the Highway Bill (HR 7)

Mr. Andrew Roth - February 01st, 2012


“NO” on the Highway Bill (H.R. 7)

The Club for Growth urges all House members to vote “NO” on the American Energy & Infrastructure Jobs Act (H.R. 7). The bill is currently being marked up in committees, but we expect floor consideration in the days and weeks ahead. A vote on this plan, and perhaps procedural votes, will be included in the Club’s 2012 Congressional Scorecard.

Simply put, this is a massive 846-page bill that doesn’t cut any spending at all. Indeed, it spends at least $30 billion more by supplementing fuel taxes with additional revenue from other sources.

Supporters of the bill will claim that there are plenty of positive reforms in the bill, like no earmarks or enhancement projects, but it’s still a remarkably bloated and inefficient piece of legislation. True reform would devolve infrastructure building and maintenance back to the states and end or greatly reduce the federal gas tax. Bills that do that are currently being sponsored by Rep. Tom Graves (H.R. 3264) and Sen. Jim DeMint (S. 1164). Supporters of H.R. 7 will also say that devolution takes time, but that this bill is going in the right direction. This is standard politician-speak for slowing down the reform agenda so that business-as-usual can resume sometime in the near future when nobody is looking. The time for reform is now.

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