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.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.