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Foster Votes For Five-Year Transportation Bill

Dec 3, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Representative Bill Foster (IL-11) voted for the conference report on Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act. The act is the first long-term transportation bill passed by Congress in over a decade and will fund transportation projects for the next five years. The measure, which authorizes $281 billion in funding, will now go to the Senate for a final vote.

While Foster voted for the measure, he expressed disappointment that the final bill did not include the Foster Payer Statement Amendment that was included in the original House bill.

“I am glad that Congress was finally able to pass a long-term transportation bill,” said Foster. “This will give our local governments and businesses the certainty they need to make long-term investments.”

“However, I am disappointed that the Payer State amendment passed by the House was removed during conference with the Senate,” Foster added. “Many states are getting out of the Federal Highway Trust Fund several times more than they pay into it, while payer states like Illinois, New York, Florida, New Jersey, California, Michigan, Colorado, and others, are getting rooked. My amendment would have shone a light on this massive redistribution of wealth from one state to another.”

Foster’s amendment would require the Department of Transportation to calculate in each year, how much each state receives from the Highway Trust Fund. The report would also include an accounting of how much revenue each state put into the Highway Trust Fund through both the gas tax and related contributions, and contributions including funds transferred from general revenue. More information on the amendment is available here.