United States Sen. Deb Fischer expresses optimism a six-year transportation bill can be approved.
“I’ve long advocated for moving away from short-term patches and instead we need to focus on longer term solutions,” Fischer tells news reporters.
Senate leadership has reached a deal on a six-year transportation bill.
Fischer has long been an advocate for one aspect of the bill. It would ease federal regulations on projects which pose little if any environmental concerns, allowing the states to make assessments and regulate those projects.
“Then we’re going to see a savings in time, which means a savings in taxpayer dollars,” according to Fischer. “We have watched those be lost while we wait right now for the federal government to provide those assessments.”
While the Senate might have worked out a compromise on a transportation bill, it hasn’t received a warm welcome in the House. Quite the opposite. House leaders say they want a five-month extension to have more discussions about the Senate bill.
The hang up might have nothing to do with transportation. Reports in Washington indicate House leadership isn’t happy the Senate included a revival of the Import-Export Bank in the bill. The Import-Export Bank provides loans to help foreign customers buy United States goods. Its authorization lapsed earlier.
Congress is set to leave Washington soon for its annual August vacation.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:55]