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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

U.S. Rep. Karen Bass Statement on House Vote to Pass Three-month Transportation Extension

March 29, 2012
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Karen Bass made the following statement after the House voted to pass a three-month extension of the current transportation bill.

“With the deadline for all current transportation funding at our doorstep, it is with great importance that we do what is in the best interest of our country, and right now that is preventing any further uncertainty within the already battered construction industry.

“By no means is this three-month extension a comprehensive solution for the larger issue of addressing our failing roads, bridges and highways, but it is a temporary fix that will provide more time for the House to gather support for the Senate’s bipartisan transportation bill. As legislators, it is our responsibility—no matter what political party we represent— to prevent any doubt within our economy and undue harm to state and local governments.

“While we wait on borrowed time, I continue to urge my Republican colleagues to bring the Senate’s bipartisan, two-year extension of the current transportation legislation to the floor to vote. This proposal provides critical investments to our nation’s infrastructure, while also positively impacting key projects in Los Angeles, including the Crenshaw/LAX line and Expo light rail line.

“There’s no need to lock jobs and the safety of Americans in a partisan political battle when a common sense solution has already been made with both Republicans and Democrats. I urge my Republican colleagues to allow a vote on the Senate’s bill before we face this crossroads again.”