A Southwest Washington lawmaker — and outspoken critic of the Columbia River Crossing — introduced a measure Monday aiming to formalize work between Oregon and Washington to address the Interstate 5 Bridge.

“The journey of a thousand miles has to start with a first step and I’m just trying to launch a first step,” said Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas. “Outside of this I don’t know what anybody is doing to find solutions.”

Pike’s amendment to House Bill 1299, introduced Monday in the House Transportation Committee, failed. It would have carved out $100,000 from the state’s motor vehicle account to create a bistate bridge committee, comprising 16 lawmakers from both states and both parties. Under Pike’s proposal, the committee would report to the Legislature by Dec. 1, 2016.

Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver, also on the House Transportation Committee, voted against the measure.

Read more at the Columbian.