Paul Ryan Praises the Lee and Graves Transportation Empowerment Act at CPAC
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) N/A% gave a shout out to Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA) 79% and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) 100% for introducing the Transportation Empowerment Act (TEA) at CPAC Thursday.
Rep. Ryan said (at the 8:58 mark):
Take Senator Mike Lee and Congressman Tom Graves. They want to give states more control over our highways so that they can build the roads they need, because we believe families should spend less time in traffic and more time at home.
TEA would turn back control of the federal highway program (including transit) to the states by incrementally decreasing the federal gas tax and the size of the federal program, and in turn empower the states to fund and manage their transportation programs and priorities—not those of Washington bureaucrats or influential lobbyists.
The legislation would solve myriad problems, not the least of which is the flawed dynamic between the federal government and the states with regard to how federal gas tax dollars are spent. The states and private sector have proven more efficient users of taxpayer money, while the federal government through the Highway Trust Fund has wasted an unjustifiable amount of money through inefficiency, burdensome regulations, and distracting politicization—not to mention paying for the pet projects of lawmakers and special interests.
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