WASHINGTON, DC (July 30, 2014) – Last night, the Senate approved a short-term agreement to prevent the Highway Trust Fund from running out of funds. Their fix differs from the House version and the two will have to hash out their differences to prevent the trust fund from going bankrupt. The following is a statement from BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director Kim Glas:
“We are pleased that both the House and Senate have passed fixes to the short-term problem of keeping the Highway Trust Fund solvent, and we encourage both bodies to reconcile their differences and pass that short-term fix immediately to take the weight off the shoulders of 700,000 workers whose paychecks depend directly on the Highway Trust Fund.
“Our economy depends on transportation infrastructure that works, but you wouldn’t know that because Congress has repeatedly put a long-term, fully funded transportation bill on the back burner. That decision could sacrifice future jobs and quality of life in communities around the country. It’s time for Congress to work together to pass this short-term fix then pass a long-term, fully funded transportation bill that will repair and modernize our infrastructure to support a prosperous 21st century economy.”