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Ros-Lehtinen, Beach officials push for access to the fast lane

Anxious Miami Beach officials huddled Tuesday with Florida Department of Transportation representatives, summoned by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who met with the group, along with representatives of Reps. Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balart and Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

"We might be debating Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea, but when you're talking about traffic in South Florida, that really impacts people,'' said Ros-Lehtinen, a Miami Republican whose district includes part of the Beach.  "As important as all those issues are, traffic congestion in South Florida . . . is very important.''

At issue: the beach's access to new high-speed commuter lanes along Interstate 95. And fears that a widening project will close ramps during the busy tourist season.

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MRA

Ileana and Republicans trying to show how much they care about their constituents 10 years too late, because they have actual challenges this time. Gimme a break.

melmeinhardt

Matt Stoller points out correctly that the PR machine for the South Florida Republicans is doing a nice job of managing the local press corps. (http://www.openleft.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=7104)
And they are getting a helpful hand from a local Dem (Wasserman-Schultz) who seems to act against other SF Democratic candidates whenever the opportunity arises.
MRA's posting is right on target. This meeting is more than ten years too late, and the Republican congressmen are trying to appear concerned after decades of neglect. They have squandered their opportunities and want us to applaud? Give me a break.
Travel outside SF and see what real highways and transport systems look like. the Republican Cubans in Congress have sold us down the river.

changein2008

These "moderate" Republicans (who vote with Bush almost all the time) love to have meetings with officials and talk a good game. But when it comes to what really matters ("show me the money") they are ranked in the lower half of Congress in bringing money into their districts (www.congress.org). They are talkers, not doers. Maybe if they were really effective, there would have been a lot more federal funding for roads and infrastructure years ago. As for DWS, read all the blogs today. They are on to her.

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