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Begich: Let's Quit the Politics and Move Forward on Transportation Bill

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Begich: “Let’s Quit the Politics and Move Forward”

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich spoke on the Senate floor today about his frustration with the House of Representatives for not moving forward on the reauthorization of the nation’s surface transportation programs.

A comprehensive reauthorization bill passed the Senate in mid-March with a bi-partisan vote of 74 to 22 . The bill means over a billion for Alaska transportation projects over the next two years, but is stalled in negotiations with the House in conference committee.

Begich said a handful of lawmakers in the House are playing political games by holding up efforts to pass a reauthorization bill. ‘When Congress delays action, projects get put on hold and are stalled. This creates uncertainty and ultimately costs more money for taxpayers,’ Begich said.

 

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