House Passes Transportation Bill

June 29, 2012 Updated Jun 29, 2012 at 7:01 PM EDT

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House Passes Transportation Bill

June 29, 2012 Updated Jun 29, 2012 at 7:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. ( release) Friday, Representative Kathy Hochul (NY-26) voted in favor of a bi-partisan highway bill that will permit repairs and improvements to the nation’s highway system.

“I applaud my colleagues for supporting this bi-partisan measure that will allow for much-needed investment in the transportation infrastructure of our country. Furthermore, dedicated funding for rural bridges is preserved in this bill. I authored an amendment earlier this Congress to protect the off-system bridge program, and I am pleased my colleagues recognized the critical importance of this funding for rural communities. In a regional economy that thrives on connecting markets in the United States and Canada, our success depends on infrastructure that meets the needs of today’s economy. By investing in America’s roads and bridges, the improved infrastructure will facilitate commerce and create thousands of new jobs right here at home,” Rep. Hochul said.

The Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012 authorizes critical funding for federal surface transportation programs through 2014.

Improving transportation infrastructure is a key component of Rep. Hochul’s Revitalizing our Economy through Business, Infrastructure, and Local Development (REBUILD) plan. Detailed information on her plan is available here.