Daniel Reilly, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on Speaker Boehner's comments on the Surface Transportation Reauthorization bill:
"Now is the time to come together and pass a comprehensive highway bill, not another temporary extension, as Speaker Boehner suggested today as a possibility. House Republicans should not walk away from their responsibilities and kick the can down the road, without offering solutions. We should be focused on giving businesses certainty and reaching a bipartisan, bicameral agreement to move forward on a highway bill, especially after the Senate passed an overwhelmingly bipartisan bill in March.
"Last month, we lost 28,000 jobs in the construction sector. Let's not risk losing more because this do-nothing Republican Congress refuses to act. I strongly urge the Speaker and House Republicans to set aside their 'my way or no highway' attitude, and start working with Democrats to complete this legislation and help put more Americans back to work."