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Sires Supports Extension of Surface Transportation Bill

Apr 18, 2012
Press Release

For Immediate Release                                                           Contact: Erica Daughtrey

April 18, 2012                                                                         201-222-2828



Washington, D.C.-- Today, Congressman Sires joined his colleagues in passing H.R. 4248, the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, which will ultimately allow the House and Senate to work together and reach an agreement on a long term transportation bill.  The final vote was 293 – 127.

“Passage of this bill brings us one step closer to passage of a long term transportation bill, which will allow Congress to focus on our most important issue - creating jobs,” said Congressman Sires. “For too long there has been extension after extension, and with the construction season upon us we must work quickly to finalize a long term transportation bill.”

H.R. 4248 extends the current surface transportation bill, which expires on June 30, 2012 for another 90 days until September 30, 2012.  The House and Senate will then be able to go to conference to reconcile differences between H.R. 4248 and S. 1813, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), which was passed by the Senate on March 14, 2012.  It is estimated that under MAP- 21, up to 1 million jobs will be created and 1.8 million jobs will be saved. 

“It is my hope that with passage of this bill, Congress is now prepared to work together to pass a long term transportation bill, invest in our infrastructure, and create jobs,” said Sires.