Congressman Tim Ryan Votes in Favor of 6-Year Highway Bill Reauthorization

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement today after voting in favor of the 6-year Highway Bill Reauthorization and the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) Reauthorization – the DRIVE Act (HR 22) passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 363 – 64.

“I have been calling on Republican-leadership to allow a vote on a long-term highway bill and reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, which together will create good-paying jobs, increase U.S. exports and help rebuild our deteriorating infrastructure – and I am thankful that today, both sides of the aisle have come together to pass bipartisan legislation that goes a long way towards accomplishing those goals. Our country’s bridges are unsafe, our infrastructure is failing and our roads are crumbling. This is why the long-term reauthorization of the Highway bill is so important to both our private and public sectors’ success and ensures our roads, bridges, rail and water lines are safe, secure and ready for business.

“The expiration of the Export-Import Bank has caused sever uncertainty over the past months and has put American companies at a devastating disadvantage in global markets – and in the case of Cincinnati, Ohio, it meant GE would not move its headquarters, and the jobs and capital that come with a move of that caliber, to the city. The Ex-Im Bank has supported 350 Ohio businesses and 1.3 million jobs nationally since 2007, and I am pleased that Congress was able to pass the reauthorization of this important American institution.”