Cole Supports Conference Report for Highway Bill
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Conference Report for the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The legislation provides authorization for five years of funding to maintain and improve the nation’s infrastructure, streamlines surface transportation programs, encourages innovation within the system and ensures the highest level of safety and efficiency for roads, bridges and rails.
“The importance of investing in the roads, bridges and rails utilized by all Americans cannot be overstated,” said Cole. “While this transportation bill isn’t perfect and I am particularly concerned about its funding mechanisms that seem unrelated to the transportation system, I still believe that is a worthwhile compromise that reflects the best interests of the American people. At its core, the legislation shows commitment to a safe, efficient and well-maintained infrastructure, and this long-term measure offers greater certainty to projects at the state and local level, helps move people and products and keeps our economy strong and vibrant.
“I am glad that two Oklahomans were actively involved in the crafting of this bill. Certainly, this compromise would not be possible without the indispensable leadership of Senator Jim Inhofe, both as chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and vice-chair of the Conference Committee that negotiated the legislation. In the House, I am pleased that Congressman Markwayne Mullin could also weigh in as a conferee and help mold the legislation,” concluded Cole.