Graves Statement on House Passage of the Speaker’s Partisan Infrastructure Wish List
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) released the following statement following House passage of the Speaker’s partisan infrastructure wish list (H.R. 2):
“If the Speaker had taken this seriously, the House would have passed a consensus surface transportation infrastructure bill that could move highway, bridge, and transit projects forward with commonsense policies.
“If this effort had been taken seriously, the House would have voted to empower our states and local communities to move ahead with long-term transportation plans and projects to help rural and urban communities alike, providing a dose of desperately needed stability during one of the most uncertain times for transportation sectors and workers that I can remember.
“But that’s not the bill the House approved today. The House passed a bill to appease the Majority’s most liberal Members by turning our transportation system upside down with unworkable Green New Deal requirements. By passing this bill, the Speaker would rather heap an irresponsible amount of debt onto our children instead of seeking market-driven, collaborative, bipartisan solutions to improve our infrastructure.
“To put it simply, the House passed a bill that won’t get signed into law and won’t do anything for our infrastructure.”\