Walker votes Against Short-Term Highway Trust Fund Extension
WASHINGTON, DC â€“U.S. Representative Mark Walkerâ€™s (NC-06) today voted against the House passage of H.R. 3038, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, Part II, which extends federal highway programs through December 2015.
â€œOur infrastructure is both vital to our nationâ€™s economy and dangerously neglected,â€ said Walker. â€œWe need to pass a long-term highway bill that addresses the insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund, makes needed reforms to streamline project approval and reduce construction costs, and provides certainty to local planning and development initiatives. Unfortunately, for the second time in my first 6 months in office, the House is kicking the can down the road and not addressing tough issues. I warned against this when voting in favor of an extension just two months ago.
â€œThis bill also raised revenue for continued spending through a combination of revenue extensions, tax increases and fee shifts. Thatâ€™s right, the House violated its own rules yesterday by passing a tax increase. While I support the underlying goal of sustaining our road and bridges, I could not accept a proposal that takes 10 years to generate the funds that will be spent in 6 months and has no accompanying reforms.â€