Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin today joined more than 100 of her House colleagues in cosponsoring a bipartisan transportation bill (H.R. 14) that passed the Senate with a strong vote of 74-22 earlier this month. Twenty-two Republican Senators joined all of their Democratic colleagues in passing the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) to help rebuild America's crumbling roads and bridges, and create thousands of jobs in all fifty states.
If the House does not pass the Senate bill by March 31st, federal highway and transit aid would be shut off to Wisconsin and other states just as construction season begins. Thousands of road projects would come to a halt putting more than 1.5 million jobs at risk nationwide. Under the bipartisan MAP-21 legislation, nearly 28,000 jobs would be created or saved in Wisconsin alone. Nationwide, almost 3 million jobs would be supported.
"Creating jobs and improving our bridge and highway infrastructure are two national priorities that go hand in hand," said Congresswoman Baldwin. "MAP-21 has bipartisan support to address both those needs. The deadline is fast approaching. This should be a no-brainer. There is no reason to play partisan games when people's jobs and public safety are on the line. I call on the House Republican leadership to do what's best for the country and support this measure to get us moving ahead," Baldwin said.
A transportation bill introduced by House Republicans (H.R. 7) is stalled. That plan would return Wisconsin to a donor status, whereby federal gas tax dollars generated in Wisconsin would be sent to other states to cover their transportation needs. Over the life of the House Republican bill, Wisconsin would take a devastating $620 million cut to its highway program. In addition, Wisconsin would be one of only five states that would not receive an increase in annual funding over the life of the bill.