Tester praises final passage of Highway Bill

(U.S. Senate) – Senator Jon Tester today released the following statement after Congress passed a compromise five-year Highway Bill:

“This long-term highway bill will help drive Montana’s economy by making critical new investments and create good-paying jobs that can’t be outsourced. It will provide certainty for construction workers, small businesses and local governments, and improve the safety for all Montanans who drive on our roads and bridges each day.”

The five-year Highway Bill:
• Invests nearly $2.3 billion into Montana’s transportation infrastructure
• Increases Montana highway funding by 5.1 percent in the first year
• Reauthorizes the Export-Import Bank which has been expired since June

The Highway Bill now heads to the President’s desk where he is expected to sign it into law. More details about the bill are attached.