Politics
3:50 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Senator Blunt Challenges Obama's Transportation Bill

Missouri Republican Senator Roy Blunt took to the Senate floor Wednesday to speak out against President Barack Obama's proposed transportation measure.

By Bill Raack (St. Louis)

Obama has been pressing Congress to pass the transportation part of his stalled jobs bill that provides $50 million for roads and bridges.

The Senate is expected to vote Wednesday on whether to take up the measure. Blunt said the bill is a waste of time and will not pass.

"We need a transportation bill that lets the transportation network begin to plan for the future, rather than continue to have these short-term, Washington-driven, solutions that clearly are getting us nowhere."

Senate Republicans blocked action on the larger bill over objections to Obama's request for more federal spending and a tax on millionaires to help pay for it.