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Tag: Columbia River Crossing


Sen. Don Benton issues sharp press release after exchange with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood

Republican lawmakers met with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Wednesday and aired their opposition to the current design of the Columbia River Crossing — opposition that might just sink the prospects for a statewide transportation-tax package.

They certainly didn’t seem to cow LaHood, who replied that it’s now or never to secure federal matching funds. “That’s what you get elected to do, you get elected to vote, you get elected to make decisions. It’s decision time,” he told the group of Republicans.

But based on a news release from GOP Sen. Don Benton, you’d think LaHood cried uncle –or

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