U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) today issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 5021, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act, to fund the Highway Trust Fund through May of 2015:
"Today's action on a short-term solution addresses the immediate need of keeping vital highway construction projects funded. However, I am disappointed Congress did not find a longer-lasting solution to reform the Highway Trust Fund and meet the obligation of funding the federal share of transit projects. Federal inaction and short-term patches hinder needed transportation and infrastructure investments, and increase the uncertainty and costs for state and local governments. I will continue to work with my colleagues to find a comprehensive solution to ensure stable financing as we make needed investments to fix our crumbling infrastructure. Congress must do better, because the American people deserve better. The fact that Republicans have failed to take any meaningful action prior to today is inexcusable."