U.S. Senator Dick Lugar today voted against the $109 billion Federal highway bill (S. 1813), which passed the Senate by a vote of 74-22. He made the following statement:
"I opposed the Senate highway bill because the funding mechanisms are unsustainable and Indiana will lose an estimated $117 million under the new highway funding formulas.
"Although I strongly support funding for our transportation infrastructure, this bill exacerbates an inequitable formula that disadvantages Indiana. I voted in favor of Senator Coats' amendment (S.A. 1517), which would have rectified these inequities and improved Indiana's rate of return. Unfortunately, that amendment did not pass.
"More broadly, the bill failed to address the fact that the Highway Trust Fund is going bankrupt. The bill finances construction for two years, but it does nothing to reconcile the long-term shortfalls in highway funding."