Kennedy amendment fails

| 3/9/2005

U.S. Rep. Mark Kennedy's vision to ease traffic with new toll lanes that would ultimately pay for themselves failed to gain the support of the U.S. House of Representatives. Kennedy's proposal was debated Wednesday afternoon.

Kennedy's amendment would have allowed states to construct new lanes on the Interstate system, so long as the tolls they collected were only from drivers who chose to use the new lanes. The measure stipulated that the tolls be dedicated to pay off the costs of the construction, and they must go away once the construction costs are recovered.

The measure was rejected by a vote of 265 to 155.

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