Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose), Chair of the California Democratic Congressional Delegation, called upon House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to take up and pass the bipartisan $109 billion Senate highway bill approved earlier today. Rep. Lofgren said that swift action by the Republican-controlled House is needed before the current transportation program expires at the end of the month.
"If House Republicans can't pass a bipartisan transportation bill they will be responsible for killing jobs across our state and letting our infrastructure crumble," said Rep. Lofgren. "Without action highway trust funding will stop, infrastructure contracts will have to be halted and up to 1.8 million Americans could find themselves unemployed. Passing the Senate's bipartisan bill would bring $7.5 billion in job-creating transportation funding to California, rebuilding our infrastructure and economy in the process."
Rep. Lofgren has led the California Democratic Congressional Delegation in opposing H.R. 7, the House Republican backed transportation bill. That partisan bill would hurt California's economy by cutting $724.5 million in transit funding, blocking high-speed rail development and allowing oil drilling off the state's shoreline. The two-year, $109 billion transportation funding measure passed the Senate by a vote of 74-22 and enjoys broad support by business and labor groups.