Mr. COSTELLO. Madam Speaker, I rise in support of the Democratic motion to instruct conferees on the surface transportation reauthorization bill (H.R. 4348 and S. 1813).
While the Senate bill is not perfect, it does provide certainty to State DOTs, transit agencies, and contractors that will help create and sustain jobs for out-of-work Americans. Further, it creates or saves more than two million jobs and strengthens our economy. The legislation passed the Senate by a vote of 74 to 22, with strong Democratic and Republican support.
Adopting this motion to instruct will allow the conferees to make technical corrections to improve the legislation enabling Congress to move quickly to finalize a robust bill, as the construction season is already underway.
Investing in our roads, bridges, waterways and rail systems creates good-paying jobs now while making our transportation system more efficient for decades into the future. Our backlog of maintenance needs alone is staggering, and we need to address it or continue to jeopardize our economic future.
I urge my colleagues to support the motion to instruct conferees.