Even though both parties would prefer to stop legislating until Election Day, reality will intercede here and there. One case in point: The country needs to pay for its roads, rails, bridges and ports, but transportation funding is again approaching a crisis point.
President Barack Obama weighed in recently, promising a crowd in St. Paul, Minn., that he would "send Congress a budget that funds rebuilding our transportation infrastructure in a more responsible way." The plan he sent lawmakers may be more responsible than the patch that Congress applied to the system a couple of years ago, but that's hardly impressive. In fact, Obama carefully avoided policies that would really fix the problem.
The country needs its transportation funding to be sufficient, long term and predictable. The president's case is that he's at least addressing the first two criteria, proposing a $302 billion plan that would run for four years.