Rice Statement on Surface Transportation Extension, Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice (NY-04) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed a short-term funding bill to reauthorize surface transportation programs, but failed to bring up the bipartisan infrastructure bill:
“I’m relieved the House voted today to pass a short term surface transportation reauthorization, preventing the furlough of nearly 4,000 federal employees and resuming work nationwide on important infrastructure projects. But this was the least we could do.
“The bipartisan infrastructure deal would deliver billions of dollars to New York State to address our crumbling infrastructure, create thousands of local jobs, and revitalize downtowns across Nassau County. It would help American families in every community across this country. We had a great chance to pass this historic, bipartisan bill and I am disappointed in my colleagues who decided to obstruct it.
“Throughout the process of advancing the President’s Build Back Better agenda, my guiding principle has been supporting policies that can realistically pass in both the House and the Senate. And as negotiations continue, I remain committed to this principle. I will continue working with my colleagues in the House, Senate and the Biden Administration on ensuring the infrastructure bill and reconciliation legislation are ultimately signed into law.”