February 14, 2016

Cong. Smith hopes to drive home transportation bill before July 4th

Cong. Adrian Smith

Members of Congress are facing some deadlines before they can take their July 4th holiday break and chief among them, the transportation bill, worth more than $100-billion.

Nebraska Congressman Adrian Smith says he’s still optimistic something can be worked out and a compromise version of the bill will pass before time runs out.

“Obviously, we’ve got a couple of weeks in session before that takes place,” Smith says. “Right now, the House has passed a bill. The Senate has passed a drastically-different bill, so it’s in conference committee. We don’t know yet if a short-term bill will be necessary.”

Smith calls the transportation bill “one of the fundamental functions of government” and the American people deserve to have reliable roads.

“Congress needs to get its job done and get the work done to produce something that is longer term, longer than this 30 days, 60 days, 90 days or even two years,” Smith says. “I would like to see the full five-year bill that allows the states more authority, because states know these issues a lot more than Congress does.”

The Senate passed a two-year, $109-billion transportation bill on a bi-partisan vote, but the House is balking at that.

By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton

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