Rep. Chu on Temporary House Extension of Highway Trust Fund
Washington, D.C. – With just days left before it is set to expire on May 31, the House of Representatives voted to extend funding for the Highway Trust Fund for two months today. The Fund supports state and local upkeep, construction, and improvements of surface roads around the country, as well as some levels of funding for mass transit. The deadline came after a July 2014 vote by the House to extend the Highway Trust Fund for a mere ten months. Rep. Chu, who voted for the bill, released the following statement:
“Transportation is crucial to our daily lives, our businesses, and our vitality. Addressing our infrastructure needs will make us safer, stimulate our economy and create jobs. In fact, for every $1 invested in infrastructure, there are $4 in economic benefits. This is why the Highway Trust Fund needs our long-term commitment and investment. But unfortunately, the best this Republican Congress has been able to do is short-term, temporary patches. While I voted for today’s bill because we cannot afford any lapse in transportation funding, I will continue to fight in Congress for a long-term fix for our nation’s critical infrastructure.”
The extension, H.R. 2353, passed by a vote of 387-35-1.