Walt Minnick, one of three Democrats running for GOP Rep. Bill Sali’s seat, issued this response to Sali’s remarks to the Legislature on transportation, including the GAO report Sali requested on barriers to road construction: “Congressman Sali’s remarks today are a perfect example of why Idaho needs a change in Congress. Not only has Mr. Sali done absolutely nothing to help Idaho’s deteriorating roads, he’s deliberately stood in the way. In November, he voted against $500,000 for widening Highway 95 near Moscow and another $500,000 for improvements on Highway 24 from Banks to Lowman. Now, he’s claiming he wants to help Idaho by calling for a report on federal regulations. Reports won’t fix our roads, action will.”
The bill Minnick is referring to is the one on which Sali claimed credit for helping add the Idaho funding, then voted against the bill, saying it contained “other unnecessary, bloated spending proposals.” The bill passed anyway.