U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Illinois) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve HR 5021, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014, to fund surface transportation projects through May 2015, by a vote of 367-55:
“It was absolutely imperative for the House to act today to patch the hole in the Highway Trust Fund, and by supporting this bill, we are able to protect nearly 30,000 jobs and 4,000 construction projects right here in Illinois,” Davis said. “Extending the Highway Trust Fund and surface transportation programs through May also enables us to continue working on a long-term highway bill that will create even more jobs and better prepare us to keep up with our 21st-century transportation needs.
“The fact remains that the Highway Trust Fund has fallen short every year since 2008, and the CBO estimates this shortfall to be about $167 billion over the next 10 years. This is unsustainable. We must look for innovative funding options that shore up the Highway Trust Fund without sacrificing one job for another, and while this won’t be easy, I know it can be done, just as this Congress has been able to come together to pass a five-year Farm Bill and a multi-year WRRDA bill.”