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Senate transportation bill advances

Keywords: Tags  Senate, Harry Reid, Barack Obama, transportation, infrastructure, senate bill, Samuel Frizel

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 nation’s economic security and long-term growth.”

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. It’s easy to see why we need this bipartisan effort to upgrade America’s 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.

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