Today, Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI) voted in support of the bipartisan Transportation Reauthorization Conference Report (H.R. 4348). The fully paid-for bill reforms and streamlines federal transportation programs and authorizes funding through fiscal year 2014. The conference report eliminates or consolidates 2/3 of current federal transportation programs and gives states greater flexibility to use funding as they see fit. It also includes a one-year extension of the current student loan interest rates and reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program.
Upon final House passage by a vote of 373-52, Camp issued the following statement: "This bill helps provide the funding that cities and towns depend on to develop and maintain the infrastructure they need to attract businesses and create jobs. House Republicans ensured that the provisions in this conference report promote job creation and do not add to the national debt. As a conferee tasked with finalizing the financing aspects of the bill, I was proud to work with Members of both parties and both chambers to deliver a final bill that will help improve our nation's infrastructure and support economic growth and job creation."
The conference report also includes Camp's bill to combat Asian carp, the Stop Invasive Species Act, which expedites a study by the Army Corps of Engineers to hydrologically separate the Mississippi River tributaries from the Great Lakes to prevent Asian carp and other invasive species from entering the Lakes.
Camp said, "The bill's inclusion of the Stop the Invasive Species Act means we are finally moving toward an actionable plan to permanently prevent Asian carp from destroying the Great Lakes and the $7 billion fishing industry and 800,000 jobs they support. Before, we've had temporary fixes; this legislation puts us on the path towards a lasting solution."