Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on Highway and Transportation Funding Act

May 19, 2015 Issues: Helping Working Families

Congressman Tim Ryan today issued the following statement on the passage of the Highway and Transportation Funding Act, which extends the Highway Trust Fund by two months:

I voted today in favor of the two-month extension of the Highway Trust Fund, because both our private and public sectors’ success depends on a long-term Highway Trust Fund to ensure our roads, bridges, rail and water lines are safe, secure and ready for business. However, I still believe our country needs a long-term reauthorization bill and this two-month extension of the Highway Trust Fund put forth by House Republican leadership is a clear dereliction of duty. They have apparently decided that multi-year funding for transportation projects and protecting hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs is no longer worth their time.

American businesses and labor groups across the United States have come together and in a united voice called on Congress to pass a long-term transportation bill. Everyone agrees that our country has serious infrastructure needs and without action the American people and businesses will rapidly feel the negative economic impact.

Congress needs to enact a multi-year transportation bill that provides the adequate funding and economic certainty our citizens and public sector need. It’s time to do the right thing.