Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, today reiterated his call for a long-term robust transportation bill after voting against another 90-day extension of federal transportation programs. Last month Congress passed a 90-day extension that is set to expire at the end of June. The Senate has passed a two-year funding bill that the House has yet to consider.
"We need a long-term bill that creates jobs and meets our needs by providing robust funding for our roads, bridges, highways and transit systems," Larsen said. "Major infrastructure projects can't be built in 90 days. It is not fair to tell construction workers that they only have a job for 90 days at a time, and it is irresponsible to leave critical infrastructure projects without reliable funding."
"I still believe the Senate bill is the best vehicle to move forward. It is my hope that House and Senate leaders will now negotiate a bill based on the Senate version. Any long-term bill we ultimately pass must create jobs and fully meet our critical infrastructure needs."