Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act

Floor Speech

By:  Albio Sires
Date: March 28, 2012
Location: Washington, DC

Mr. SIRES. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to urge my colleagues here in the House to take action and create jobs by bringing Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, or MAP 21, to the House floor for a vote.

Yesterday, for the second time this week, the Republican leadership pulled a short-term highway extension bill. Time is running out, and the ninth extension will be expiring this Saturday, March 31. If Congress does not act by Saturday, millions of construction jobs will be at risk. Gas taxes will not be collected, which can add up to over $90 million a day.

Two weeks ago, MAP 21 successfully passed the Senate with a bipartisan vote of 74 22. While it is not a perfect bill, MAP 21 is fully paid for and is estimated to save 1.8 million jobs and create up to 1 million more jobs. While I would prefer a 5-year transportation bill, MAP 21 is legislation that both Republicans and Democrats can support. A transportation bill will not only improve our infrastructure but will provide jobs.

Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to bring to the floor MAP 21 for a vote