TRANSPORTATION EQUITY ACT: A LEGACY FOR USERS -- (House of Representatives - April 02, 2004)
The SPEAKER pro tempore (Mr. BROWN of South Carolina). Pursuant to House Resolution 593 and rule XVIII, the Chair declares the House in the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union for the further consideration of the bill, H.R. 3550.
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Mr. PUTNAM. Mr. Chairman, I thank the distinguished gentleman from Georgia for yielding me time and for his leadership on this amendment.
Mr. Chairman, this amendment is an important step toward restoring equity to this process. The growth in America, the demands on our infrastructure and the demands on our roads have moved to the South and Southwest, and this formula does not reflect that.
There is $50 billion in new money in this bill for highways over the last one, and yet the growth States move backwards in funding. That is simple math that is indisputable and cannot be explained but can be corrected with the Isakson amendment.
If the projects were so nationally significant, why will you not tell us where they are? If they are so nationally significant, why are they not in the bill?