CONCORD - Senator Kelly Ayotte and Congressman Frank Guinta may be talking about funding transportation while in New Hampshire - but they are voting against it in Washington.
The U. S. House this week blocked a long-term transportation plan, settling for just a 90-day extension. The uncertainty means that at the height of the construction season New Hampshire won't know how much money it has available for key projects, including Interstate 93.
"Kelly Ayotte and Frank Guinta voted to block a long-term transportation plan, putting Tea Party politics before New Hampshire jobs and roads," said Collin Gately, spokesman for the New Hampshire Democratic Party.
"The expansion of Interstate 93 - and thousands of jobs - are at risk because of Kelly Ayotte and Frank Guinta's votes against a long-term transportation funding plan," Gately said.
Guinta and Ayotte both claim to support the need for a long-term transportation solution in yesterday's Eagle Tribune, but they didn't vote that way. (http://www.eagletribune.com/newhampshire/x1560869530/N-H-officials-Put-paving-ahead-of-politics).
Ayotte was one of only 22 senators to vote against the bipartisan U.S. Senate transportation bill. http://www.unionleader.com/article/20120315/NEWS06/703159963. Guinta did not support the bipartisan Senate bill.
"Ayotte and Guinta seem more focused on satisfying their Tea Party base than on the State of New Hampshire," Gately said. "New Hampshire citizens won't be fooled by Ayotte and Guinta's talk when we can see they are voting against us."