Ineffective Tom Latham Right at Home in an Ineffective House

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For Immediate Release:
August 1, 2013

Christina Freundlich



Des Moines, IA – Republican leaders in the US House yesterday pulled the $44 billion transportation bill crafted by Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Tom Latham. The bill featured severe cuts to federal transportation and housing programs, including a nearly 50% cut in community development block grant funding, and was one more effort by the House Republicans to enact draconian cuts that weaken our nation’s infrastructure and prevents job creation.

“In his role as Chairman of the Subcommittee, Tom Latham has a single job to do – pass a spending bill,” said Iowa Democratic Party Executive Director Troy Price. “The decision to pull this bill demonstrates once again that he can’t get the job done.  Tom Latham could barely gather support from within his own party, and Republicans are clearly getting impatient with these types of bills that offer no responsible solutions.  He has warmed his seat in Congress for too long, and it is time to elect someone who will go and get things done for Iowans.”

Tom Latham, as chair of the Subcommittee overseeing this bill, was responsible for helping to shepherd the bill through the Republican controlled House.  However, as the Washington Post reported today, “Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa), the veteran in charge of managing the transportation measure — and Boehner’s best friend — called the vote count ‘sketchy.’ He added, ‘I’m not sure that the votes were all there.’”




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