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Is the Congressman for creating jobs with trasportation spending or does he want to destroy jobs through the acquisition of more private property?
Congressman Peter DeFazio:
There is no more certain way to jumpstart our economy, put people to work, and improve
our long-term economic competitiveness than passing a long term transportation
bill. The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates every $1 billion invested in transportation infrastructure creates or sustains over 34,000 jobs and produces $6.2 billion in economic activity. These jobs are not only construction jobs. They are private sector jobs in engineering, software and architectural
design, manufacturing, and small business as well. It would directly help businesses that supply materials for these projects. It would also go a long way toward modernizing and repairing aging infrastructure necessary for U.S. industry to compete worldwide.
In April, I was named one of 33 principal House negotiators of a long-term surface transportation bill. The conference also includes negotiations for a temporary one-year extension of vital county payments for Oregon counties.
Jobs Creating Transportation Investment
Congressman DeFazio is a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
where he serves as the ranking member of the Highways and Transit Subcommittee, and also serves on the Aviation and Railroad Subcommittees
Over the years, DeFazio has established a reputation as a leader on transportation issues. He
believes United States must invest in a robust, multimodal transportation system if we are to remain in league with competitor nations around the world. Yet we are seriously lagging behind. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) reports approximately one-third of America's roads are in "poor or mediocre
condition," and over 150,000 of our bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. Across the country, trucks are rerouted due to weight restriction on bridges, and Americans waste time and money on high-priced gasoline idling in traffic.
Our national investment is in infrastructure is dwarfed by competitor nations. The Urban Land Institute reports China currently spends 9% of its GDP on infrastructure including transportation; India spends 5% (and growing). Yet the United States spends only 0.93% of our GDP on like investments. Even
countries making austerity cuts, like the U.K., have maintained investments in their transportation and infrastructure systems because they know these investments produce economic gains.
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DeFazio Appointed to the Transportation Conference Committee
On April 25th, Congressman DeFazio was named as one of the principal negotiators to the House-Senate conference committee on the surface transportation reauthorization bill (H.R. 4348/S. 1813).
Congressman DeFazio believes there is no more certain way to jumpstart our economy, put people to
work and improve our long-term economic competitiveness than with a robust transportation bill. According to two bipartisan commission reports initiated under the Bush administration, our nation needs to double its current investment in our transportation system just to bring it up to a state of good repair. The National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission said our national transportation system has deteriorated so greatly “our safety, economic competitiveness, and quality of life are at risk.”
Meaningful negotiations to craft bipartisan had been waylaid by a minority of representatives who believe the federal government has no role in transportation. These so-called “devolutionists” would stop all federal
investment and fracture our national system and giving the responsibility to the fifty states to raise all funds and coordinate investments.
The uncertainty of no federal transportation bill has already forced many states to delay or cancel vital transportation infrastructure projects for this construction season meaning private sector firms in manufacturing, engineering, architecture, and other suppliers aren’t hiring workers for this construction season.
As a conferee, DeFazio is committed to working through partisan differences to craft a bipartisan solution that will put people back to work.
The conference includes negotiations over a temporary one-year extension of vital county payments for Oregon counties. The Senate attached a one-year extension of Secure Rural Schools funding for forested counties nationwide to its two-year transportation bill (S. 1813), Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century
The extension would deliver at least $100 million in support payments for failing rural counties in Oregon. On April 18th, the House passed the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, Part II (H.R. 4348). This 90-day
extension of the surface transportation programs through September 30, 2012, is the legislative vehicle the House used to conference with the Senate.