U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) today called upon House Speaker John Boehner and Republican Leader Eric Cantor to bring the transportation bill that was approved by the U.S. Senate today to the House floor as soon as possible. Current federal transportation funding expires at the end of the month.
"Last month, I stood with public transportation advocates at the Secaucus train station to emphasize that the transportation bill written by the House Republican majority gutted federal funding for mass transit and infrastructure projects. House Republicans not only failed to draft a bipartisan bill, but they could not even craft a measure their own caucus would support. Today, the U.S. Senate overwhelming passed a bipartisan bill that put the nation's transportation needs ahead of political interests, and I urge the Republican Leadership to bring this bill to the floor without delay," said Pascrell, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee who served on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for a decade. "I call upon Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor to help their majority realize what 74 members of the U.S. Senate understand. Federal funding for transportation projects creates jobs, and connects people, materials and goods to help build a stronger economy. The sooner we get this legislation to the President's desk, the sooner we can meet the long-term challenges of rebuilding and upgrading our aging transportation infrastructure."
Rep. Pascrell held a news conference soon after highlighting H.R. 3864's potentially detrimental effects on New Jersey transit systems.