Today, Congressman Sires voted for H.R. 5021, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014, which passed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 367-55. The legislation would extend surface transportation programs authorized under current law through May 31, 2015, and would infuse $10.9 billion into the Highway Trust Fund.
The current authorization of Federal highway, public transit, highway safety, motor carrier safety, and hazardous materials safety programs is set to expire on September 30, 2014. In addition, the Highway Trust Fund faces a shortfall before the end of fiscal year 2014. Congress must reauthorize surface transportation programs and provide additional funding for the Highway Trust Fund to ensure continued funding of these critical surface transportation programs until Congress enacts a long-term surface transportation reauthorization bill.
"While this legislation is a positive first step, it is only a temporary fix," said Congressman Sires. "It's imperative that Congress continues to work to find a long-term solution that addresses our transportation needs and funds these programs that creates jobs to fix our Nation's crumbling infrastructure."
H.R. 5021 now awaits action in the Senate.