Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development, released the following statement after Congress passed legislation to avert a crisis in the Highway Trust Fund:
"I'm glad that Republicans have pushed aside the Tea Party and worked with us to avoid a completely unnecessary construction shutdown that would have put jobs at risk and threatened our economic recovery. Finally, we were able to avoid a crisis with no ransom demands, no programmatic spending cuts, and no Tea Party policy riders.
"Passing this bill to avoid a construction shutdown was a small step in the right direction, but there is still work to do. Now that we have avoided this crisis in the near-term, I am hopeful that we can work toward a responsible long-term solution to the Highway Trust Fund's revenue shortfall."
Since March, Murray has called on Congress to avoid an unnecessary crisis and work toward finding a long-term solution.