The suspicion promoted by supporters of President Obama that Republicans in Congress are actually trying to make the economy worse between now and Election Day was undermined somewhat last Friday. That's when Congress approved, on a significantly bipartisan vote, a bill to keep billions in transportation dollars, and millions of jobs, in the pipeline.
It was another down-to-the-wire exercise by the riven wings of Congress. But, in the end, neither Democrats nor (most) Republicans could stomach the prospect of federal transportation funds being shut off Saturday, in the height of what is supposed to be construction season, when the latest in a series of short-term extensions was due to expire.
Sadly, Utah's two senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee were among the 19 Senate votes, all Republican, opposing the two-year extension of federal transportation spending. In the House, Utah's delegation was more practical, with Republicans Jason Chaffetz and Rob Bishop and Democrat Jim Matheson voting with the 373-52 majority to pass the bill and send it on for President Obama's expected signature.