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TheChat: Federal bill doesn’t take Missouri highways off the hook


Let’s do this:

▪ “It does not solve the transportation woes for Missouri.” — Stephen Miller, chair of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, on the impact of the recently passed federal transportation bill.

Yes, the bill injects $305 billion into roads and bridges across the country over the next five years. And, yes, the bill’s passage provides a new degree of certainty when it comes to road funding. But Miller says Missouri needs $160 million in new state revenues for the system “if it wants to adequately maintain and improve the existing highway system.”

▪ “How many women and children would be involved if we carpet-bombed the areas where ISIS is currently a stronghold?” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, Wednesday on Sen. Ted Cruz’s assertion that the U.S. needs to “carpet-bomb” ISIS into oblivion.

McCaskill said ISIS recruiting would see great success if lots of innocent lives were lost in such a strike. Cruz is a conservative Republican presidential candidate.

▪ “I can tell you that I have not been contacted by any law enforcement agency, other than that I've been advised not to discuss this issue.” — Logan Thompson, a former campaign aide to Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder who was paid at least $60,000 more than original campaign reports indicated.

The Kinder campaign updated its financial reports in the wake of the news that financial discrepancies showed up in some of his reports. The additional payments to Thompson were among the hundreds of changes that Kinder’s campaign have made to reports dating back to 2012. U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan has confirmed that his office has received information from Kinder’s campaign. It’s not clear where this matter is headed or whether Kinder will suffer politically as a result.

▪ “This is the biggest rewrite of our education laws in 25 years. This shows what we can do when both parties work together.” — House Speaker Paul Ryan at a ceremony Wednesday that marked the passage of the “Every Student Succeeds Act.”

Ryan gathered Democrats and Republicans around him in a rare showing of bipartisan cooperation to celebrate the law’s passage.

▪ “A new poll indicates that 68% of my supporters would vote for me if I departed the GOP & ran as an independent.” — Donald Trump warning his fellow Republicans to ease off the criticism of his plan to ban Muslims from entering the U.S.

For the GOP, there can be only one reaction: Uhhhh-ohhh.