U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is calling for Congress to act fast on a long-term transportation bill in order to provide the money needed to fix America’s highways and bridges.
Congress is currently considering a six-month transportation bill to provide $8 billion for the next six months. But Brown, a Democrat from Cleveland, said a six-year bill is needed.
Brown blamed Tea-Party conservatives for delaying the process.
If the federal transportation bill isn’t reauthorized, critical road and bridge projects — including those in the Mahoning Valley — will be delayed, Brown said.
At a press conference today near the construction site of U.S. Route 224 and Interstate 680 in Boardman, a $5.8 million project that received 80 percent of its funding from the federal government, Brown discussed his concerns about the need for a long-term bill.
“A long-term investment in our nation’s infrastructure is vital to strengthening our nation’s economic competitiveness and ensuring that thousands of hardworking Ohioans continue to rebuild our bridges and roads,” Brown said.
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