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Rep. Lipinski Supports Bill to Prevent Stoppage of Federal Dollars for Road Construction and Transit Funding (May 19, 2015)

In a bipartisan vote today, the House of Representatives passed a bill that will continue for two months the authorization of federally supported road construction and transit funding.  Without an extension, federal funds would have been cut off from these transportation projects.  While Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) prefers a robust, long-term bill that provides the level of funding our region and our nation need for road construction and transit, he voted for the 60 day extension today because he doesn’t want Americans laid off and projects stopped due to unnecessary politics and posturing.

“In the past 6 years, there have been 12 temporary extensions of the surface transportation bill,” said Rep. Lipinski.  “Meanwhile, the backlog has gotten bigger, the funding gap has grown, and the entire transportation network just gets more expensive to fix.  I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass a long-term bill that is a real solution, not another band-aid.”

Earlier this year, Lipinski joined with Rep. Reid Ribble (WI-8) to lead nearly 300 of their House colleagues in signing a letter urging House leadership to pass a long-term transportation bill funded by a sustainable revenue source.