Van Hollen Statement on Senate Transportation Bill

Mar 14, 2012 Issues:

Washington, DCToday Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee, issued the following statement after the Senate passed a bipartisan transportation bill:

“Today, Democrats and Republicans in the Senate continued the long tradition of bipartisan cooperation on transportation bills to pass legislation that will create jobs, improve safety, and invest in important road, bridge, and transit projects to keep our country and economy moving. Unfortunately, House Republicans have only put forward a divisive proposal that would cut jobs, bankrupt the Highway Trust Fund, and weaken safety standards – a proposal that their own caucus cannot even agree upon. They insist on delaying the House’s consideration of a transportation bill because of their internal disagreements, likely resulting in yet another stop-gap extension. I urge the Republican leadership to put aside partisanship, bring the Senate bill to the floor, and put Americans to work rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure.”