Tester statement on passage of Highway Bill

(U.S. Senate) – Senator Jon Tester released the following statement after voting for a six-year Highway Bill:

“The Senate just passed a six-year Highway Bill. That is good news for Montana – a state that has 75,000 miles of road. We need to address our infrastructure challenges in a state like Montana where we have $60 billion worth of goods that move over those highways. It is unfortunate that the House did not stick around to give our Department of Transportation, our contractors and the people of Montana the certainty they need to know that we’re going to have a good highway system that supports our economy, not only this year, but well into the future.”

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed another short-term extension of the highway bill but adjourned for a six-week recess without taking up the Senate’s long-term bill. The Senate then passed the House’s three-month extension in order to avoid a shutdown in transportation funding.