Pittenger votes in favor of I-485, other critical projects
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER VOTES IN FAVOR OF CONTINUED FUNDING FOR I-485, OTHER CRITICAL ROAD PROJECTS
WASHINGTON – With funding for major local road projects expected to run out next month, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today joined a bipartisan majority to approve the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 (H.R. 5021).
“Drivers stuck in traffic on I-485 or I-77 should not be held hostage by Washington politics,” commented Congressman Pittenger. “Today’s legislation is a reasonable short-term solution which provides the necessary funding for 108 current transportation projects and 20,000 related jobs in North Carolina.
“Long-term, Congress must develop a bold, new plan for transportation funding that focuses on high-priority projects, increases local control, eliminates political influence from the selection process, and reduces costly red tape. We’re using a 1950s plan to fund 21st century roadways. Change is critical, but we must also meet current obligations while working out details of a new plan.”
H.R. 5021 extends authority for the Highway Trust Fund to make expenditures at the current level through May 31, 2014 and provides additional funding from several sources, including transferring $1 billion in excess funds held by a separate government trust fund.
Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Transportation Secretary Anthony Tata urged Congressman Pittenger to support the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 357-55.