Rep. Peters Derides Short-Sighted Short-Term Infrastructure Patch
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) released the following statement after voting against legislation that would spend $8.1 billion to extend the Highway Trust Fund for just a few short months through December 18, 2015:
“When we passed the last short-term patch – just two months ago – we were told that the time would be used to develop a robust, long-term, and sustainable plan for funding the investments necessary to move us beyond simply maintaining the crumbling, mediocre system we currently have. Instead of taking this task on, Congress is letting the American people down by punting this along with no real plan for action. Congress’s failure to act is hindering economic and job growth, and harming states and localities who are counting on the consistency of a multi-year infrastructure strategy.
“Instead of wasting time on this gimmick we should be using an approach known as queen of the hill where a number of viable ideas are brought forward and whichever garners the most support passes – a bipartisan strategy that several of my colleagues and I advocated for earlier this week.”