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Sali to the Rescue


According to Rep. Bill Sali, Congress has lost its way, and he's ready to lead it back to the right path.

"I've directed my office to take steps to change the way business is done in Congress," Sali said during a brief speech in front of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce last week.

"The legislature is about more than thumping your chest and trying to raise political clout," he said. "That's why I've voted no on so many things, and I will continue to do so."

Among those bills subject to Sali's no vote were economic development funding for American Indian tribes (he took issue with the fact that native Hawaiians were included in the bill), reauthorizing the Head Start program, scientific research funding, rural housing money and community policing grants.

Sali also infamously introduced legislation to reduce the law of gravity as his own little protest against a bill to raise the minimum wage.

Sali came to speak about, not only his apparent one-man war on congressional misdirection, but the need for more efficient transportation planning and construction.

According to the freshman representative, the national transportation system has fallen into disrepair because the national government has failed to see the issue as a priority.

"I can't tell you where it is on that list of priorities, but it's not near enough to the top," he said.

Sali said Congress needs to step up the rate of investment in transportation infrastructure by diverting existing funds from "programs of questionable value or not working at all."

When asked how he would suggest funding transportation, Sali was unable to expand on his idea, but said he supports across-the-board tax cuts as a way to stimulate the national economy.

"We shouldn't keep shoveling money into federal programs that are not working," he said.

Sali said he has asked the Federal Accountability Office to study how federal regulations are slowing development. The report is due back early next year.

"It's the first time that question has been asked," he said.

Sali recently made headlines for his comments regarding Muslims in Congress, in which he said Muslim Congressmen and Hindu prayers are an odd fit in the House built by the Founding Fathers.