This $700 million mega-bridge represents waste, not progress. Any legislator who is serious about ending wasteful public spending and costly federal mandates should take a stand against S. 1134 and its House companion, H.R. 850. The fact that these bills enjoy support from Members in both parties should serve as a reminder that bad policy and wasteful spending can be as bipartisan as good policy and wise spending.
When Congress approved Alaska’s “Bridge to Nowhere,” that boondoggle became a symbol of waste that voters did not forget. In 2012, the mega-bridge across the St. Croix need not become a similar symbol of government waste — or a campaign ad. We urge the House to reject S. 1134.
Rep. Betty McCollum (Minn.) is the No. 2 Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior and Environment. Ryan Alexander is president of Taxpayers for Common Sense.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.