Congressman John Fleming, M.D. (LA-4) issued the following statement after voting against H.R. 4281, the Surface Transportation Extension Act, which passed the House of Representatives today:
"Federal surface transportation programs have been operating under temporary extensions and flawed stimulus packages for two years. It's time to give state transportation planners and road builders the certainty they need. Unfortunately, the 90-day extension that was passed today simply creates more uncertainty for the highway industry and multiplies the cost of projects at a time when getting the most out of every tax dollar is critical.
"The two-year extension that was approved earlier this month by the Senate is far from perfect, but it was passed with bipartisan support and could offer a solution that would enable us to give certainty to the industry today."
Dr. John Fleming is Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs and is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. He is a physician and small businessowner and represents the 4th Congressional District of Louisiana.