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Jul-21-2015 21:56printcomments

Merkley Statement on Failed Transportation Vote

Oregon's Senator explains why the "NO" vote was necessary.

Senator Jeff Merkley
Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley
Photo: http://www.merkley.senate.gov/

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement after he and a bipartisan majority of Senators voted against an attempt to bring a 1,000 page transportation bill to the floor less than an hour after it had been released:

"After months of stalling on putting forward a solution to a looming transportation crisis, it’s unacceptable to suddenly force a vote on 1,000 page legislation with no time for Senators to read the bill or evaluate how it will impact major national policy that affects every state and every community across the country.

BI-PARTISAN REJECTION:
"We are scheduled to vote on it at 4:00 p.m. We received the bill at 3:06 p.m.
If I don't have time to read legislation, my default vote is No."
~Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah

"We have a huge, dangerous transportation infrastructure deficit that will only grow without national action.

"That means we need to do much more to invest in the roads, bridges, transit systems, and other infrastructure that create good jobs and are the building blocks of our future economy.

"The way to do that is to engage in a serious and bipartisan debate about our transportation needs and ways to pay for it, not to try to push through last-minute, long-term legislation crafted behind closed doors."

Source: U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley




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rcohen July 22, 2015 10:04 pm (Pacific time)

"The way to do that is to engage in a serious and bipartisan debate about our transportation needs and ways to pay for it, not to try to push through last-minute, long-term legislation crafted behind closed doors." BS.

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