"We're grateful to see legislation introduced in the Senate that begins to walk us back from the brink of disaster on highways spending, which I think has been accurately called 'the next fiscal cliff.' The bill sets funding increases that roughly track with the rate of inflation and provides a modicum of certainty for transportation funding for six years. For their leadership, we thank Chairman Boxer, Subcommittee Chairman Carper, Ranking Member Vitter, and Subcommittee Ranking Member Barrasso.
"But simply avoiding disaster does not make a long-term funding strategy. It's clear this bill's objective is to set a funding level that can pass, and thereby avoid devolving the federal role in surface transportation entirely. Even that strategy can be ambitious in this congress, and it's a positive sign that the committee reported the bill with strong bipartisan support."
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