Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.
Letter to the Editor
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, 9:01 p.m.
I'm really concerned about U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey's votes and his July 29 vote on the transportation bill dealing with the Highway Trust Fund did not ease my concerns. He was one of 18 senators who voted against a bill that would help improve our highways and bridges and fund other safety projects.
Toomey has voted against every transportation bill put before him as a senator. Notably, after he voted against a transportation bill in 2013 that included $550 million in Department of Transportation national infrastructure investments and $500 million for bridges in critical corridors, he actually bragged about it.
“We did something constructive today ... . I told you we'd kill it, and we did,” Toomey said, his words carried by a tea party group's live online stream.
Toomey has blocked all the transportation bills at a time when the nation's bridges are in terrible condition. In fact, there are more than 60,000 structurally deficient bridges across the country and Pennsylvania leads the list with over 5,200 bridges in need of repair.
I don't understand why he would block bills that help protect our nation from hazardous infrastructure, yet at the same time spur economic growth and employment that would aid in the resurgence of the middle class.
It doesn't make any sense to me.
Clarification: The letter above did not mention that U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., voted for the final version of the Highway Trust Fund bill passed by the House on July 30 and the Senate on July 31.
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