Congressman Brendan Boyle Demands Real Action Before Highway Trust Fund Expires AGAIN
Washington, DC- Today, Congressman Brendan Boyle (PA-D-13) once again demanded immediate action in Congress now that the Highway Trust Fund is set to expire in only 17 days. With the looming October 29st deadline, Congressman Boyle again called for a long-term bipartisan solution that will repair America’s deteriorating roads, bridges and transit systems – like he helped to achieve in the Pennsylvania State House when Democrats and Republicans came together to fund these important infrastructure needs. Since 2009 Congress has voted 34 times to extend the trust fund through short-term funding gimmicks, including twice in the past five months alone.
“It is mind-blowing that we are once again talking about a short-term patch for financing the Highway Trust Fund,” said Congressman Brendan Boyle. “The roads and bridges we commute on, on a daily basis, are crumbling. It is time to invest in American infrastructure and create good paying construction jobs for hardworking Americans in Pennsylvania. This is a matter of safety, efficiency, and economic growth.”
"The inability of Congress to pass a long-term transportation bill is, perhaps, the best example of the dysfunction in Washington, D.C,” said Governor Edward Rendell. “Instead Congress has passed 36 stopgap, short-term measures, because of their failure to agree on funding for this vital need. This has to stop."
In Pennsylvania, 57 percent of roads are in mediocre or poor condition, forcing drivers to spend approximately $2.947 billion dollars annually on otherwise unnecessary automotive repairs, creating costs for commuters and businesses moving their goods to market. With 42 percent of our state’s bridges also being structurally deficient, it is clear that it is far past time for the radical Republican leadership in Congress to join Democrats in their effort to correct and improve America’s infrastructure for long-term prosperity and safety.
"Pennsylvania needs Congress to find a long-term, sustainable solution to fund improvements for transportation. In the 2014 Report Card for Pennsylvania’s Infrastructure, the American Society of Civil Engineers graded roads a ‘D-,’ bridges a ‘D+,’ and transit a ‘D,’” said Ann Tomalavage, PE, PMP, LEED AP, Chair of the ASCE Pennsylvania Infrastructure Report Card. “We will only be able to improve those grades if the federal government acts now to pass a multi-year highway and transit bill that invests in transportation long-term.”
“Investing in our country’s roads, bridges and infrastructure is a great way to keep our citizens safe while providing good paying jobs,” said state Representative Kevin Boyle