Baca Urges House to Act on Bipartisan Senate Transportation Bill

Statement

By:  Joe Baca, Sr.
Date: March 14, 2012
Location: Washington, DC

Today, Rep. Joe Baca (D-Rialto) called on House Republicans to abandon their partisan transportation bill, and bring up the bipartisan job-creating Senate bill that passed today by a vote of 74 to 22.

"Today, Democratic and Republican Senators overwhelmingly voted to create new jobs, repair our roads and bridges, invest in our infrastructure, and strengthen our economy. The House should follow suit and act immediately to send the bipartisan Senate transportation bill to the President's desk before the current highway program expires at the end of the month. We must pass this legislation in order to give our state and local governments the certainty they need to pave the way for a stronger America."

"Transportation has long been a bipartisan issue -- and we are proud that the Senate continued this tradition today. In contrast, House Republicans have advanced a transportation bill that is considered by all parties involved to be the most partisan and worst transportation bill in decades. Instead of taking up a Senate proposal that creates more than two million jobs, Republicans are pushing a bill that destroys more than 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."

"The House Republican transportation bill is bad for jobs, bad for public safety, bad for workers and bad for our economic growth. But we can take a different route -- the bipartisan route of swiftly enacting the Senate bill to make the investments necessary to strengthen our economy and our middle class, create jobs, and rebuild America."