Senate Moves towards Passage of Bipartisan, Multi-Year Highway Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the bipartisan DRIVE Act:

“The Senate continues to move closer and closer to passage of a bipartisan, multi-year highway bill.

“The legislation we advanced again last night is fiscally responsible.

“It won’t raise taxes by a penny.

“And it will give state and local governments the kind of stability they need to plan longer-term projects for America’s roads and bridges.

“The bill couldn’t have advanced as far as it has already without a lot of hard work from a lot of dedicated members.

“I thank each of them.

“Doing the right thing for the American people has meant taking some bruises.

“But the American people sent us here to do some tough stuff. They deserve our best efforts on their behalf.

“I’m proud to see the Senate continue along this difficult but promising road.

“Success was never assured at the beginning of this process. It wasn’t assured yesterday. And we’re not done yet.

“The important thing is that the Senate is now on the verge of passing a multi-year highway bill‎.

“The Senate is now positioned to pass another important piece of legislation for the American people.

“And with cooperation, the Senate may even still be able to consider more germane ideas to improve the bill further.

“But the bottom line is this.

“If Republicans and Democrats resolve to keep working hard for the American people, we’ll get this done.”

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