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DelBene: Stop Kicking the Can, Fund Highway Projects

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Washington, DC, May 19, 2015 | comments

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) voted today for a two-month stop-gap measure so that the Highway Trust Fund does not run out of money ahead of the busy road and bridge construction season.

“Across the nation, our infrastructure is facing a breaking point. An efficient and functioning infrastructure system is critical to the economy of the Washington's First District,” DelBene said. “Congress needs to prioritize spending to fix our crumbling infrastructure now, before it becomes even more expensive to maintain in the future. I will continue to fight for long-term transportation solutions that allow us to get the best return on our investments.”

The Highway Trust Fund, which receives most of its funding through fuel taxes, was set to run out of funds at the end of May. On Tuesday, the House voted to fund the Highway Trust Fund for only two months, preventing the halt of nearly 6,000 construction projects and preserving the 660,000 construction jobs that rely on the fund. DelBene prefers a long-term solution that would provide economic certainty for states and municipalities investing in infrastructure, but Republicans have not put forward such a proposal.

On Friday, DelBene will tour the First District’s 520 Bridge construction project, which depends on the Highway Trust Fund.

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