Stop kicking the can down the road
As I'm sure you notice every time you drive on roads like I-5, SR 522, or any of our bridges, our nation's transportation infrastructure is at a breaking point. It's time for us to invest in our future economic growth by repairing our crumbling roads and bridges.
An accessible and efficient infrastructure is crucial to attracting businesses, creating jobs, and promoting economic growth in Washington's 1st Congressional District. Without viable transportation infrastructure, our manufactured goods and locally-grown fruits and vegetables won't be able to reach consumers across the country and throughout the world. We learned this lesson all too well when the Skagit Bridge collapsed, and our local economy was negatively affected.
Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed just a two-month extension of federal highway and transit programs, punting on an issue that is vital to our local economy. I voted for this extension because, while not ideal, it is important that funding isn't cut off for our current projects, such as the 520 bridge construction.
Congress needs to come up with an agreement on a long-term solution for fixing our transportation infrastructure. It's critical to our economy that House leaders do not punt on this issue again come July 31. The Highway Trust Fund currently supports nearly 6,000 construction projects and 660,000 jobs. For many of these projects, certainty and stability is essential to ensuring the taxpayers receive the best return on their investment. Moving forward, I will continue to push for long-term transportation solutions, not short-term extensions that hinder sustained growth of our economy.
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