WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today responded to President Obama's speech in Jacksonville, Florida which called for long-term transportation spending:
"Today the President reminded us of the crucial role roads, bridges and waterways play in the economic growth of our country, but as usual his rhetoric didn't match his record. Every president since Eisenhower has proposed a sustainable funding solution for the physical platform of our economy - the nations expansive network of transportation infrastructure. If he truly had the middle class' best interest in mind, the President would lay out a responsible proposal that maintains, modernizes and expands our nations’ transportation infrastructure and empowers states to meet unique, local needs without burdensome federal regulations. Unfortunately none of the President's well-crafted economic speeches - whether about infrastructure, healthcare, or climate change - correspond with the real world policy decisions he is making back in Washington. We don’t need more campaign-style pageantry; we need real solutions for reducing big government, cutting red tape, and providing Americans with much-needed certainty."