“Terri Lynn Land is doing exactly what candidates all across the country should be doing. She is talking about bold ideas that empower states and individuals, not Washington special interests. Returning transportation authority to the state will benefit Michigan motorists, families and businesses.”
“Tonight was a good night for the Republican-controlled House. Not only did they demonstrate an ability to achieve Republican unity on an important, high-profile issue, but they did so by working with conservatives. They have sent a strong message that they are ready to solve the crisis along our southwest border, which includes addressing the cause — President Obama’s unlawful DACA program. The onus is now on Harry Reid to act.”
“Over the past couple days, the President’s unlawful executive order, DACA, has become a major piece of the debate over how to address the crisis along our southern border. We encourage House GOP leaders to address the cause of the crisis by bringing one bill to the floor that includes the original Blackburn language.”
Washington — Today, eight members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly sent a letter to Sen. Patrick Toomey (R-PA)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Patrick ToomeySenate Republican Average72% and Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Bob CaseySenate Democrat Average2% and the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Bill ShusterHouse Republican Average63% to express their support for the Transportation Empowerment Act (TEA), introduced by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Mike LeeSenate Republican Average96%. Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:
As the Senate prepares to vote on Sen. Lee’s amendment, this letter should reassure his colleagues state lawmakers are eager to accept more responsibility. They are acutely aware of the obstacles Washington has created to them meeting the transportation needs of their citizens.
The Transportation Empowerment Act would empower the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and all states to fund and prioritize their own infrastructure projects, ending the cycle of perpetual Highway Trust Fund (HTF) bailouts and cutting Washington inefficiency and red tape out of the process.
“We are currently reviewing the recommendations and will wait until legislative text is available before commenting further, but it is difficult to overlook the glaring absence of anything related to DACA, which the House voted to block in 2012 and 2013. As we have said before, any congressional action must focus on the cause of the crisis — President Obama’s anti-enforcement policies — not just the symptoms.”