Davis: Partisan witch hunts and impeachment proceedings are enemies of infrastructure legislation
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) recently wrote in an op-ed in the Herald & Review where he warned against partisan fights that will derail any infrastructure bill from passing this Congress.
"When I was named the top Republican to the Highways and Transit Subcommittee this Congress, I immediately sat down with former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. Secretary LaHood, a Republican, was appointed by President Barack Obama so I wanted to hear from him on how best to work with members on both sides of the aisle to get a bipartisan infrastructure bill signed into law this Congress. His first piece of advice was to make sure politics doesn’t get in the way.
"In 1998, then-Illinois Congressman LaHood chaired the impeachment proceedings over President Bill Clinton. How many infrastructure bills got passed in that time?
"Partisan witch hunts and impeachment proceedings are enemies of infrastructure legislation. We have real tangible problems in this country that need solving. Every day Americans walk, ride, drive, and fly on infrastructure that is in desperate need of repair. Americans expect their leaders to work toward solutions and we have too much that needs to get done to let politics stand in the way."
He referenced the enthusiasm in many meetings by constituents who want Congress to come together and get a bill done.
"To solve these problems, I’ve been supportive of bipartisan proposals like the BOLD Act, increasing opportunities for public-private partnerships, embracing asset recycling, and looking at ways to bring electric vehicle users into the mix. The fact is, we can’t continue to rely on one main source of funding for the Highway Trust Fund. Just like you wouldn’t invest your 401(k) in one fund, we shouldn’t rely on just one way to fund our roads and bridges."