Davis praises House committee for advancing long-term highway-funding bill

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) late last week praised the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for advancing the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 (H.R. 3763), a long-term bill to reauthorize funding for programs within the Federal Highway Administration.

“We have a responsibility to the American people to fix our nation’s crumbling infrastructure, and this bill is the first step in this process,” Davis said. “I am proud of the work completed by this committee today, but it is clear that if we are to capitalize on the policy improvements made by this bill, we will need to come together to find innovative funding sources to support a 21st century transportation system.”

Davis said the legislation aims provide help in fixing the country’s infrastructure.

“While this bill takes modest steps toward increasing local control of transportation funds, I believe there is still room for improvement,” Davis said. “I will continue to fight to give our communities, and particularly smaller communities, a greater voice in how transportation dollars are spent.”

Davis previously led
reforms to increase local control of federal transportation funds
provided to states through his Innovation in Surface Transportation Act
legislation, that he co-wrote, but which did not pass.