Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-17th District), a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today called for Congress to pass a long-term highway funding bill to help protect Illinois transportation projects and jobs.
The federal Highway and Transit and Trust Fund is set to expire at the end of May, putting 660,000 works and over 6,000 projects across the country at rick.
“I rise today to urge my colleagues to act swiftly to prevent the Highway and Transit Trust Fund from expiring,” said Bustos during comments on the House floor this morning.
“If we do not act, this critical program will expire in just seven legislative days.”
Bustos has advocated for the extension of rail services from Chicago to Rockford and Galena and has partnered with Rep. Rodney Davis (R-13th District) to expand local control of federal transportation funds by introducing the Innovation in Surface Transportation Act. The bill has been touted as a means to create competitive in-state grant processes, allowing local entities to compete for larger portions of federal funds.
“I truly believe that by investing in our infrastructure, we are making a down payment on our nation’s long-term economic well-being,” said Bustos. “These investments not only create jobs, but they create jobs that can’t be outsourced. And by investing in our infrastructure now – as opposed to punting the ball down the field – we are saving money in the long-term.”
View her full comments below: