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Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 4348, Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, Part II

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Ms. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON of Texas. I rise in support of Democratic Whip Hoyer's motion to instruct the conferees, which directs the conferees to agree to the Senate-passed transportation bill, MAP-21.

MAP-21 passed the Senate by a strong bipartisan vote of 74-22, and it is critical that the House pass this legislation. We have been waiting a very, very long time. I'm from the State of Texas. There's no State in the Union that this bill is more important for. Our season is now to get highways started. And we have massive infrastructure needs, just like the rest of the country.

Tomorrow does mark the 100th day since the Senate passed the bill, and the current reauthorization will expire next week. And while I'm encouraged by the progress being made in the conference negotiations, we simply cannot afford to delay any longer for individual pleas, for individual needs. We all have needs.

This bill is not perfect. No bill we pass is perfect. But this bill is certainly needed to plan and to develop. We have to have time for the States to look at what they have available and plan for it. We cannot do this like any other bill. This is a transportation bill, infrastructure planning bill, and we simply must do something now.

In addition to it saving 1.9 million jobs, it creates a million jobs. It's a jobs bill. We've been talking about passing a jobs bill for the last almost 2 years, and nothing has passed yet. I am pleading that we all support this motion to instruct, and I encourage my colleagues to support it and let's get this bill done.

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