NEW YORK Senate Democrats have brought a
transportation development bill to the floor that includes $550
million in infrastructure spending.
The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and
Related Agencies Appropriations Act (S. 1243) would provide
the $550 million for capital investments to be allocated to
states, local governments and transit agencies for highway
and bridge projects, public transportation projects,
passenger and freight rail projects, and port infrastructure
projects, if the bill were passed.
The Obama Administration issued a statement July 23
expressing support for the bill.
The administration strongly supports Senate passage of
S. 1243, the White House said. The bill makes
important investments in transportation infrastructure that
is so vital to the nations economic security and
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) said
transportation and infrastructure funding is a bipartisan
issue that will reinvigorate the economy.
More than 70,000 bridges in this country need major
repairs or to be replaced completely. And one of every five
miles of American roads is not up to safety standards.
Its easy to see why we need this bipartisan effort to
upgrade Americas crumbling infrastructure, Reid
said in a statement. Our deficient roads, bridges,
railways and runways are a drag on our economy.
Sen. Patty Murray (D., Wash.), who was unavailable for
comment, sponsored the bill.