Pryor Appeals to Senate for Passage of Transportation Bill

MAY 12, 2005 - Posted at 7:34 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - U.S. Senator Mark Pryor has appealed to his Senate colleagues to use their own experience on the nation's highways to judge whether a $295 billion transportation bill is needed.

The senator from Arkansas said roads are more congested now than ten years ago, and he says the problem will only get worse.

The plea pitted Pryor and others against President Bush and some Senate Republicans, including Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee, who said anything over the $284 billion approved by Bush would break deficit-spending rules.

Pryor says nearly half of all highways in Arkansas are in poor or mediocre condition, while freight loads are expected to double over the next twenty years.

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