Smoke and mirrors in Washington
Sept. 12, 2007
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The transportation spending bill passed by the Senate on Wednesday includes a ban on tolls for existing Texas roadways.
The Texas toll ban is attached to the $106 billion spending bill approved by the Senate 88-7. The bill also includes an amendment banning Mexican trucks from U.S. roadways, which was passed late Tuesday.
The toll ban amendment authored by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, is in addition to a two-year moratorium imposed on most new privately financed toll road projects by the Legislature during this year's session. The state legislation includes some exemptions.
Building new toll roads or lanes in Texas would not be prohibited by the amendment. In fact, the Texas Department of Transporation is going forward with several toll road projects, said TxDOT spokesman Chris Lippincott.
Building new toll roads or lanes in Texas would not be prohibited by the amendment.
The Senate bill now heads to conference committee to be reconciled with the House version.
President Bush has threatened to veto the final bill because of its cost.
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