Jaime Herrera Beutler, a Member of the U.S. House and Senate Transportation Conference Committee, today announced that the committee had achieved its goal and produced a multi-year plan to fund the nation's transportation infrastructure.
Jaime, a first-term Member of Congress, was named to the Committee in April that negotiated and wrote a compromise plan between U.S. Senate and House versions of national transportation bills. She helped deliver the final two year plan prior to the committee's June 30 deadline. She signed the agreement early this morning, and the bill is expected to receive bipartisan passage in the House and Senate by week's end.
The last time Congress passed a transportation bill was 2005. The previous bill contained 6,300 earmarks. Since the U.S. House is currently operating under an earmark ban, the bill does not contain a single earmark.
"I am extremely honored to have helped produce this bipartisan plan to fund Southwest Washington's transportation needs," said Jaime. "Every member of the committee worked very hard to achieve what Democrats, Republicans, the House and the Senate knew was needed: a bill to keep our transportation system moving and create jobs. I am well aware of the perception that Congress is having trouble working together, and I urged my colleagues on both sides to stay at the table and compromise until we produced a bill. Patience and compromise were critical to the final solution.
"At the beginning of this process, I outlined my two paramount priorities for this bill: put funding in place for critical transportation projects that empower our economy, and create jobs. Though not every piece of this bill is exactly where I want it, those priorities are protected. Southwest Washington now has the certainty of federal funding to address critical transportation projects for years to come."