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At Deteriorating East Montpelier Bridge, Welch Outlines Bipartisan Effort to Reach Consensus on Highway Bill

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Standing with state and local transportation officials at the site of a crumbling East Montpelier bridge,Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) today outlined his bipartisan effort to reach consensus on a long-term transportation infrastructure plan funded by a sustainable revenue source. Federal funding for road and bridge infrastructure projects will expire on July 31 if Congress fails to act.

"America's roads and bridges are crumbling and Vermont's transportation infrastructure is no exception," said Congressman Welch. "Over the last 6 years, Congress has ducked its responsibility to reliably fund highway projects 33 times. Meanwhile, bridges continue to crumble and potholes are damaging cars and trucks. It is essential that Congress get off the sidelines and pass a long term and sustainable revenue source so that state transportation planners have the certainty they need to plan and execute these projects."

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