Baucus Steers Highway Bill Through U.S. Senate
Senator Leads Bipartisan Momentum to Focus on Jobs, Support Highway Bill
Posted: Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Posted: Wednesday, March 14, 2012
(Washington, D.C.) - Montana's senior U.S. Senator Max Baucus helped lead the U.S. Senate in passing the Highway Bill today. After calling on his colleagues to get focused on the transportation infrastructure the nation needs to stay competitive, he hailed today's passage as critical for highway jobs. The measure cleared the Senate by a vote of 74-22.
"Highways are our lifeblood in Montana which is why this bill is so important for good-paying jobs, our small businesses and our families. There's very little under the Big Sky that doesn't depend on our highways which is why I've fought so hard to get bring the highway bill to the finish line," Baucus said.
As a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, Baucus helped pass the policy framework for the bill unanimously through the panel in November. As Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Baucus worked to come up with a bipartisan plan to responsibly pay for the investments in the Highway Bill.
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"Infrastructure needs in communities across the Rocky Boy's Reservation have become even more intense due to flooding over the last few years. The highway bill is critical for tribal communities and all of Montana because it provides the investments we need to keep people working and keep traffic flowing safely. We appreciate Max's hard work on this and hope that this bipartisan momentum will continue."
-Tim Rosette Sr. of the Chippewa-Cree Tribe of Montana's Rocky Boy's Reservation (Senior Public Works Administrator
"The highway bill will support construction jobs in the short term and invest in our infrastructure for the long haul. I want to thank Max for taking the lead on this common sense bill that directly answers the problem of a jobs crisis with job creation."
-Al Ekblad, Montana AFL-CIO executive secretary
"MAP-21 will provide an immediate and significant investment (and billions in Montana) into America's infrastructure. We need the construction and repairs and we need the jobs. Senator Baucus has been a leader on the highway bill and we urge Congress and the President to get this passed."
-Webb Brown, Montana Chamber of Commerce president.
"I commend Max for stepping up to the plate to make sure Montanans are taken care of in this economy where workers definitely need his leadership, and the infrastructure of our state and country need the funding to meet the new demands of a growing America."
- John Roeber, president of the Montana State Building and Construction Trades Council
"The highway bill has long been an important catalyst for good construction jobs in Montana. We appreciate Senator Baucus keeping the highway bill on the front burner and we hope that the House and the President will follow suit."
-Cary Hegreberg, executive director of the Montana Contractors Association
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