Rep. Pascrell Calls for Robust Transportation Funding
By Mel Fabrikant Wednesday, July 09 2014 @ 03:46 PM EDT
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), a member of the House Ways and Means and Budget Committees, called for more robust transportation funding ahead of tomorrow’s Ways and Means markup of a $10.5 billion, eight-month transportation funding extension. The proposal, which was released this afternoon, would push the debate over road and transit spending into the next Congress.
“I'm disappointed that Congress is once again going to kick the can down the road with yet another short term transportation funding measure. Not only does investing in infrastructure create good paying jobs for our construction industry, it lays the foundation for economic growth for generations to come. It's especially important to the State of New Jersey, which requires a well maintained transportation network to power our regional economy.
“In New Jersey, 10% of our bridges are structurally deficient and 25% are functionally obsolete, while 66% of our roads are in poor or mediocre condition. We quite simply can't compete when we are relying on hundred year old roads, bridges and tunnels that are literally crumbling beneath our feet. Both Congress and the State of New Jersey have ignored this problem for far too long, and its past time we found a long-term solution to this crisis.”