This week the House debated and voted on the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, the ninth extension of the expired surface transportation authorization. I voted against the extension because it "kicks the can down the road' for another 90 days, leaving state transportation officials uncertain about whether or not they can move forward with federally-funded road and highway projects.
Historically, both Chambers and both sides of the aisle have always been able to work together to develop solutions that address our transportation needs. In that vein, the Senate has developed a reauthorization package that passed with significant bipartisan support. While not perfect, I support the Senate bill and encourage my counterparts in the House to let us vote on this bill. Our country cannot afford more short extensions or another government shutdown that would put nearly 130,000 highway projects at risk.