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Congressman Gallego’s Floor Speech on a long-term Funding Transportation

July 15, 2015

Mr. Speaker,

I rise to urge the Republican leadership to bring up a long-term funding Transportation bill.

Rather than develop a long-term strategy, Republicans again want to pass a short term patch for the Highway Trust Fund that fails to make the infrastructure investments that our economy needs.

Our nation’s infrastructure is in a bad state and it is critical that we make the necessary long-term investments in our country’s roads, transit system and highways that will create jobs, grow our economy, and offer certainty for states to invest in larger, much needed projects.

Mr. Speaker, 42 state Chambers of Commerce agree that “Our deteriorating national infrastructure is an issue that directly affects our ability to compete in the global marketplace and provide financial security for millions of middle-class American families.”

It’s time for the Republican leadership to stop kicking the can down the road with short-term fixes that are costing us more money in the long run, hurting our economy and costing jobs.

I call on Republican leadership to bring up a long term funding bill and stop playing games with America’s crumbling infrastructure.

I yield back my time.