What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : America's Poor : H.R. 3. Surface Transportation (Highways, etc.)/Vote on an Amendment to Permit Tolls on New Federal Roads or New Lanes Only to Cover Costs of Building Them. (2005 house Roll Call 59)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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H.R. 3. Surface Transportation (Highways, etc.)/Vote on an Amendment to Permit Tolls on New Federal Roads or New Lanes Only to Cover Costs of Building Them.
house Roll Call 59     Mar 09, 2005
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In this vote, the House defeated an amendment offered by Mark Kennedy (R-MN) to H.R. 3 for a pilot program to permit the institution of tolls to cover the costs of building new federally funded roads or new lanes of federal roads, but to discontinue the tolls once these improvements have been paid for. H.R. 3 was a bill to reauthorize the nation's surface transportation (highways, etc.) laws. Progressives, most other Democrats and numerous Republicans opposed the amendment on the grounds that dealing with traffic congestion requires a balanced, comprehensive approach, and this amendment would deny states the flexibility they need to fund their highway projects and find ways to manage their traffic flows. Kennedy, arguing on behalf of most Republicans and several Democrats, indicated that his amendment would provide needed money for road construction while winning the "trust of the driving public" by requiring the public to pay tolls only on what is needed to fund the construction of those toll roads or lanes. The House defeated this amendment by a vote of 155 to 265, with numerous Democrats and Republicans crossing party lines to vote due in part to interests particular to their districts. Thus, the federal toll highway pilot program in the bill does not include a provision for tolls to be removed once the particular, relevant highway costs have been paid for, and the tolls would continue to be charged to fund other public costs of surface transportation.

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