Tulsa World Editorial: Inhofe needs support for much-needed transportation act

By:  Tulsa World's Editorial Writers
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The United States transportation network — especially its system of highways and bridges — is vital to the economic, safety and security of the country.

And it has fallen into dangerous disrepair.

Sen. Jim Inhofe, long a champion of transportation issues and chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has taken a leadership role in the effort to correct that.

Along with Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., David Vitter, R- La., and Tom Caper, D-Del., Inhofe has introduced the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act — the DRIVE Act — a bipartisan proposal to fund work desperately needed for our transportation infrastructure for the next six years.

The country is in dire need of this sort of needs-driven plan for long-term transportation improvement. This is not pork-barrel politics. It is sound reasoning and putting the taxpayers’ money where it is intended.

One out of every four bridges are in need of significant repair. Our highways and interstates are clogged, making travel for work and pleasure not only inconvenient but dangerous. School buses and public transportation rely on these roads and bridges every day.

The DRIVE Act asks Congress for a long-overdue solution to bring our roads and bridges back to its roots of being the best in the world. The jobs such work will create are greatly needed. And it will create a much better environment for businesses that rely on moving goods and services over the highways.

Inhofe is urging his fellow members of Congress to support this long-term solution to a massive problem.

We agree. Pass this legislation and let’s get America rolling again.