We reported this morning that there seemed to be some distance between how Sen. Barbara Boxer understands the deal with Sen. Tom Coburn and how Coburn understands it. To clarify, Boxer just issued this statement:
There has been much discussion about plans for the Transportation Enhancements program in the upcoming surface transportation bill. The Transportation Enhancements program will be included in the EPW Committee’s reauthorization proposal, with more flexibility granted to the states on the use of the funds within the TE program.
We look forward to the day when a bill is introduced, once and for all, and we can stop speculating about what is and what is not in it. Meanwhile, Boxer has been fighting like a mama bear to keep these important programs in the bill, and we salute her for that.