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Entry Title Date
Order Of Business May 23, 2015
Harry Reid, D-NV
"We would be happy to cooperate in passing a surface transportation bill by voice, but I do say this—and I mentioned this to my colleague away from the microphones. For those of us living in the West, we cannot get back on a Sunday afternoon. I think it is very difficult for us to get back here on a weekday before 5 o’clock, so I would hope on a Sunday we wouldn’t be expecting the Senate to come in session before 5 o’clock because we can’t get here."
Long Term Funding For Highway Trust Fund May 21, 2015
Terri Sewell, D-AL
"Mr. Speaker, today, I rise in support of a long-term surface transportation bill. Right now Americans are looking to Congress for REAL bipartisan solutions to fund and upgrade our deteriorating infrastructure system. As hard as it may be, as uncomfortable and contentious as the debates may become, it’s time to for us to move past the senseless chatter and to stop kicking the can down the road. We must get serious about fixing America’s infrastructure and establishing long-term funding for the Highway Trust Fund. This is not the time for partisan politics. We need to work together for the benefit of the men and women who sent us here. Yesterday, the House passed a bill that was nothing more than another “Band-Aid” for a much larger problem. The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that 1 out of every 9 bridges in the U.S. is structurally deficient, and gave our overall infrastructure a “D-.” An alarming 54 percent of all major U.S. roads are in poor or mediocre condition, and these roads account for 1 in 3 fatal traffic accidents. In my home state of Alabama alone, driving on roads in need of repair cost motorists $1.2 billion a year. Now is the time for a lasting solution to this important issue. Yet, here we are, at the end of May, and we are no closer to crafting a long-term solution to invest in our roads, bridges, and rails than we were this time last year. The benefits to investing in our highways, bridges, railroads, and other transit systems are clear. By building the infrastructure of tomorrow, we would create thousands of good-paying jobs that help more hard-working Americans earn a living. A solid transportation system is necessary to quickly move goods, which will help further grow our economy. This is vital if America is to compete in the 21st century global marketplace. I urge my colleagues to work together to develop a long-term plan that will improve our aging infrastructure, encourage job creation, and strengthen our nation’s economic development."
Our Country’S Transportation System May 21, 2015
Thomas Carper, D-DE
"We have not had a transportation bill that lasts for more than 2 years for, I think, now 7 years. It used to be commonplace that every 6 years we would pass a fund, a transportation bill, for our country. We call it the highway bill, but it was for roads, highways, and for transit systems—every 6 years, almost like clockwork."
American Research And Competitiveness Act Of 2015 May 20, 2015
Earl Blumenauer, D-OR
"What we haven’t done in the 55 months since the Republicans took control of the House of Representatives is we have not had a single hearing on how we are going to finance our crumbling infrastructure—not one. In the meantime, we are told that this is off the table, that the gas tax is off the table. We are going to do some smoke and mirrors or something. We just passed the 33rd short-term extension of the surface transportation bill."
Transportation Infrastructure May 20, 2015
Corrine Brown, D-FL
"Recently, they passed close to $300 billion for tax breaks. But, yet, we can’t pass a comprehensive transportation bill that will put people to work."

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