Conference Report on H.R. 22, Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015by Representative Corrine Brown
Posted on 2015-12-03
BROWN of Florida. Mr. Speaker, this certainly is a great day for
the people in this country, and I want to thank the leadership on this
I believe wholeheartedly that this surface transportation bill will give the economy just the type of boost it needs. A long-term transportation bill will strengthen our infrastructure, provide quality jobs, and serve as a tool to put America back to work long-term.
This important legislation includes a critical freight grant program, additional funding for transit systems and pedestrian safety program, includes funds to speed the implementation of positive train control, improves the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing loan program, and creates a disadvantaged business enterprise program at the Federal Railroad Administration.
It also includes additional funds for Amtrak, moves us closer to restoring passenger rail for the Gulf States, and protects our ports from unnecessary paperwork.
[[Page H8994]] Transportation and infrastructure funding is absolutely critical to this Nation. If properly funded, it serves as a tremendous economic boost. For every billion dollars we spend in transportation, it generates 44,000 permanent jobs. When we pass this legislation, we will put millions of hardworking Americans back to work to fix our Nation's crumbling infrastructure and prepare our country for the future.
Mr. Speaker, there is no better present for the people in this country than to pass this transportation bill.
Merry Christmas, and God bless America.