Hoyer Statement on Passage of Highway and FAA Extensions

For Immediate Release:

September 13, 2011

Contact:

Daniel Reilly, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the House passed Surface and Air Transportation Programs and Federal Aviation Administration extensions:

“I am pleased that Republicans have agreed to work with us to fund our nation’s critical highways, mass transit, and aviation systems and not place nearly one million jobs at needless risk. However, legislation extending the FAA and Highway bills is in no way a substitute for responsible long-term authorizations of both these measures. Democrats have long advocated for improving our infrastructure in order to help America to compete with the world and create jobs here at home. Investing in infrastructure is a key component of our Make It In America plan.

“While today was a positive step, if Republicans are truly serious about job creation and revitalizing American manufacturing, they will work with House and Senate Democrats, as well as the Administration, to enact long-term surface transportation and FAA authorizations. And they will work with Democrats to pass the American Jobs Act and help put people back to work.”

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