Hoyer Statement on Republican Highway Bill

For Immediate Release:

November 17, 2011

Contact:

Daniel Reilly, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after House Republicans unveiled their long-term surface transportation bill:

“After nearly eleven months in control of the House, Speaker Boehner and his fellow Republicans have proposed a surface transportation bill that purports to create jobs. Unfortunately, they have not been clear about the investments they propose or how to pay for them. Democrats have had a jobs plan on the table for over a year – the Make It In America plan contains a number of investments in our roads, rails, airports, and seaports that will create jobs right away and boost our economic competitiveness over the long term. President Obama’s American Jobs Act also contains specific infrastructure proposals to create jobs—yet Senate Republicans blocked consideration of that measure.

“It is long past time for House Republicans to join with Democrats to pass Make It In America legislation or the President’s American Jobs Act and help put people back to work modernizing our roads and bridges and keeping America competitive in the global economy. This proposal is too little, too late.”

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