Yesterday we told you about an opportunity that Sen. Jim “Thinskin” Webb (D-WashPo) had to stand up for Virginians on their number one issue — transportation. In the end, a bipartisan group of 72 senators including Virginia’s senior senator John Warner signed the letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) urging him to support funding FY ’07 transportation appropriations at the level previously authorized by law and already paid for by dedicated funds that you and I have paid in the form of the highway user fee (a.k.a. the federal gas tax.)
Jim Webb was not among those 72 senators even though a number of other freshman Democrat senators were.
Freezing transportation funding at FY ’06 levels would mean a loss of $80,753,221 for Virginia’s roads and mass transit systems and translate into 3,836 fewer jobs in Virginia according to the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Staff based on information provided by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
Why was Jim Webb MIA in the Senate for Virginians yesterday on their top priority? If Webb can’t (or won’t) do his job, then perhaps he should revert to form and just quit.
The final signatory count was 72 and Webb never signed it. The full letter complete with signatures can be found here. Following is a list of the senators who did sign the letter:
Thune, Baucus, Boxer, Inhofe, Bond, Dorgan, Dodd, Warner, Isakson, Bingaman, Lott, Clinton, Tester, Voinovich, Craig, Cardin, Sanders, Thomas, Crapo, Conrad, Lieberman, Murkowski, Obama, Kerry, Grassley, Stabenow, Vitter, Salazar, Snowe, Landrieu, Kennedy, Alexander, Allard, Feingold, Levin, Coleman, Smith, Biden, Sessions, Lincoln, Brown, Hutchison, Specter, Carper, Menendez, Enzi, Burr, Schumer, Wyden, Roberts, Collins, Lautenberg, Bill Nelson, Whitehouse, Feinstein, Harkin, Martinez, Brownback, Akaka, Corker, Chambliss, Klobuchar, Reed, Bennett, Dole, Pryor, Hagel, Rockefeller, Casey, Lugar, Bayh, and Hatch
Webb may have been “Born Fighting,” but obviously he isn’t fighting for Virginians in the U.S. Senate.