WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement today regarding Senate passage of H.R. 2353, the “Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015:”
“While we recognize that passing a short-term extension of the Highway Trust Fund through July was a necessary action, it was not a sufficient one. Continuing to kick the can down the road when it comes to funding our nation’s transportation infrastructure threatens the continuity necessary for economic development, international trade, and job creation.
“We need Congress to get its head out of a pothole and immediately turn to identifying and advancing a bipartisan, sustainable, and long-term solution to the Highway Trust Fund. By the end of July, Congress must send to the president a measure that generates the cash flows necessary to supporting continued outlays from the Highway Trust Fund, giving businesses the certainty they need to plan for the future.
“The Chamber is urging leaders of both parties to come together and find a shared solution that allows us to work on finding ways to grow investment in transit, roads, and bridges, and enable economic growth and expansion.”
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