An article published today by politico.com describes how gridlock affects questions like traffic safety and the improvement of infrastructure. Transportation secretary Ray LaHood complains that although the Senate has already passed a long-term bill providing financial resources for improvements of U.S. infrastracture, he does not think that the House will act in a fashion that would enable the Administration to not only take care of urgent issues that would increase safety of traffic participants, but would also lead to a significant decrease in unemployment.
LaHood argues that Republicans do not even consider the content of the measure, but simply pursue the goal of denying President Obama any success regarding this issue.
Therefore, we are obviously confronted with a classical gridlock. This gets especially clear when LaHood points out that, from his point of view, the "only" obstacle for the passing of the bill is that there will be no cooperation between the Administration and the House majority before the election in November.