Earlier this year, the Senate passed a transportation reauthorization bill, with bipartisan support, that provides stable funding through next year and includes positive reforms. Tax breaks for transit commuters, improved freight policy, and expedited funding for transit projects are all part of the legislation.
This afternoon, House leaders are trying to pass a competing bill – an extension of existing transportation policy (H.R. 4348) – that, through congressional maneuvering, could gut the project review process that ensures transportation projects don’t plow through local communities and damage environmentally sensitive areas. It could also include controversial provisions that have nothing to do with transportation, like changes to "coal ash" regulations and the approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
That's a recipe for political gridlock. Instead, the House should pass the Senate’s transportation bill, or a “clean” extension bill (with no controversial add-ons) that allows negotiations with the Senate to begin. Those are the surest ways towards a bipartisan transportation bill that will put Americans back to work and make sure they can get there.
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