Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after the Senate passed a bipartisan transportation bill by a vote of 74 to 22:
"Today, Democratic and Republican Senators voted to create jobs, invest in road, rail, transit, and highway construction, rebuild our infrastructure, and strengthen our economy. Now, it is time for House Republicans to abandon their "my way or the highway' agenda and send the bipartisan Senate bill to the President's desk before current law expires on March 31st.
"Transportation has long been an area defined by bipartisan cooperation -- and we are proud that the Senate acted in this tradition today. Yet House Republicans have chosen to ignore this legacy and put forward the most partisan and worst transportation bill in decades. Instead of taking up a bipartisan proposal, like the Senate bill that creates more than two million jobs, Republicans are pushing a partisan bill that destroys half a million jobs. Rather than work with Democrats to rebuild America, Republicans are proposing to cut highway investments in 45 states, bankrupt the Highway Trust Fund, and weaken our economy.
"Put simply, the House Republican transportation bill is bad for jobs, bad for public safety, and bad for our economic growth. We must pursue a different path -- the bipartisan path of enacting the Senate bill -- to make the investments necessary to strengthen our economy and our middle class, create jobs, and rebuild America.