Today, Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA-23) said House of Representatives leadership should take up the bipartisan Senate transportation bill, passed today by a vote of 74 to 22, and avoid a possible shut down of federal transportation program on April 1st.
When we return to Washington next week, House leadership should bring the bipartisan Senate transportation bill to the floor for debate right away. While not perfect, the bipartisan Senate proposal is much better for the Central Coast than the partisan House bill, which would mandate new drilling off the Central and South coasts and cut back on investments we need to rebuild our highways and expand transportation options. Smart investments in our roads, bridges, and mass transit also put people to work in the hard pressed construction industry, help small businesses, and make getting to and from home and work safer for all Central Coast families. The House needs to act right away to ensure transportation construction projects across the country don't shut down at the end of the month, as happened last summer when the House majority let the airport construction legislation expire. The time for partisan games is over and I am calling on the Speaker to bring this legislation to the floor," said Capps.