The UBC applauds the passage in Congress of a new $305
billion Highway Funding bill that will generate hundreds of thousands of
construction jobs. The five-year
spending measure, the longest for a transportation measure in 17 years, will
provide money for roads, ports and rail projects, and will renew the
Export-Import Bank. The measure cleared
the Senate 83-16 after a 359-65 vote in the House. As President Obama signed
the bill into law he said, “This bill is not perfect, but it is a commonsense
compromise, and an important first step in the right direction.”
We agree. This desperately needed bill came after years of
advocating for reasonable infrastructure spending by the UBC and its members,
along with the Hardhats for Highways coalition. The bill was announced a day after Secretary
Hillary Clinton, the UBC-endorsed presidential candidate, unveiled her own
comprehensive infrastructure plan. Senator Sanders chose not to vote on this crucial
bill and Senators Rubio, Cruz and Paul all voted against the measure, despite
the important nature of the funding and the jobs it will create.
We extend our thanks to the Representatives and Senators who
voted for this bill—and our congratulations to the thousands of UBC members who
helped to make it happen by signing petitions, making phone calls and visiting
their legislators. We will not rest.
There is more that can be done to improve the infrastructure in the U.S.,
which creates jobs and improves the economy by ensuring a better movement of
goods and services.