Perlmutter Statement on Surface Transportation Bill

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Washington, DC, November 5, 2015 | comments

Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) released the following statement after he voted to support a six-year highway and transit bill which also reauthorized the expired Export-Import Bank:  

“After 34 short-term extensions, today the House proved it can work in a bi-partisan fashion toward a long-term Surface Transportation bill. Passing a long-term bill will go a long way to rebuild and strengthen our roads, bridges, and transit systems. This legislation is important to creating jobs, rebuilding America, and strengtheningthe economy.

While this legislation will improve our aging infrastructure, I still believe Congress needs to have a debate about the long-term sustainability of the Highway Trust Fund.The fact is, due to innovations such as fuel efficiency standards and hybrid or electric vehicles, the gas tax revenues do not go as far as they once did. 

Lastly, I’m pleased to see the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank included in this legislation. After repeated attacks from Republicans to shut down the bank, I remain hopeful we can successfully reauthorize the bank to help U.S. companies sell their goods, products and services abroad. I call on House and Senate Conferees to work quickly to agree on text so this long-awaited Surface Transportation bill can be signed into law.” 

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