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Senate Action On Transportation Bill Extension

“Today’s action by Congress avoids the unnecessary shutdown of important highway programs and the furlough of almost 5,000 workers.  With the issue of a temporary extension behind us, we now can return our attention to the passage of a fiscally responsible, six-year surface transportation bill.  I urge Congress to use the time provided by this second extension to give America a bill that allows states to plan and construct critical highway and transit projects, without raising gas taxes, increasing the deficit or taking money from other important federal programs.  I appreciate the efforts of House and Senate leaders to resolve this issue today and look forward to even more success over the next two months as we forge a plan for our transportation future.”