In just 10 days, the federal government's authority to fund highway, bridge, and transit projects will expire because the House of Representatives has been unable to pass a long-term surface transportation authorization bill. If Congress cannot reauthorize our federal transportation programs, important projects like road paving, bridge repair and rail upgrades that keep our country moving could come to a halt. Roads, highways and bridges are neither Republican nor Democratic.
While the Senate was able to pass a 2-year extension by an overwhelming bipartisan majority last week, the House Republican leadership has been unable to garner sufficient support from their caucus to move a bill in the House. Yesterday, I took the unusual step of cosponsoring the Senate's bill, which I believe has the potential to create or save more than 2 million jobs by repairing our country's infrastructure. It consolidates and streamlines highway programs, strengthens safety, establishes a national freight program and improves spending accountability.
I urge the House leadership to bring the Senate bill up for a vote immediately and allow us to continue investing in the infrastructure improvements that have made this country so great.