December 03, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) today praised Senate passage of the bipartisan Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act. The measure includes several provisions offered by Blunt that will improve our nation’s highways, bridges, and rail service.
“Strengthening our transportation network is vital to boosting economic growth, creating jobs, and increasing competitiveness in Missouri, and across the nation,” Blunt said. “Because Missouri is a hub for our nation’s railways, highways, and waterways, it is imperative that our transportation planners and industry have the long-term certainty they need to promote investment, ensure the safety and reliability of existing infrastructure, and expedite the permitting process for new projects. The bill passed by the Senate today represents the longest highway authorization in more than a decade, and I am glad we can finally move forward with infrastructure improvements that will benefit Missouri’s families and small businesses, and provide a foundation for the 21st century economy.”
Following are the Blunt-backed provisions included in the bill:
The five-year highway bill authorizes $305 billion for our nation’s federal highway, transit, safety, hazardous materials, and passenger rail programs, including more than $5.5 billion for the state of Missouri. It also includes reforms to cut red tape and streamline the project permitting process, increases flexibility for state and local governments, and maintains our transportation safety.