Congressman Reid Ribble issued the following statement after today's vote on the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 (H.R. 5021):
"I've been a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee since my first year in office, and enacting a long-term highway bill has been one of my top priorities. I took great pride in the 2012 Highway Bill we passed, and was proud to be a part of the conference committee that crafted the final bill. Unfortunately, Congress missed an opportunity today to build on that work and instead chose to kick the can down the road."
"I've been talking with my constituents, colleagues, and transportation stakeholders during the last two years about solutions that would put our transportation policy on a sound fiscal footing, while making sure our economy remains competitive in the long-term. The possible solutions to this problem are clear and present, yet Congress won't act to make the tough decisions needed. I could not in good conscience support this "punt' that sets up another manufactured crisis in a few months instead of fixing this problem once and for all."
"I will continue to work with others in Congress to finish the job and get a long-term highway bill done. That work continues tomorrow."