Posted on July 30, 2015
Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on his vote for a six-year reauthorization of federal highway programs:
“This multi-year highway bill will help Tennessee maintain good roads so jobs can keep coming and traffic jams can be addressed. While not perfect, it is better than short-term patches that waste dollars and make it hard to set priorities.”
The Highway Trust Fund provides funding to states for highway and transit projects and is funded primarily by an 18.3 cent federal tax on gasoline and a 24.3 cent federal tax on diesel. The trust fund does not take in enough revenue each year to fully pay for highway and transit projects.
The DRIVE Act, also known as the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act, is a six-year reauthorization of transportation programs to give states certainty and allow them to plan for construction projects.
The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 65-34.
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For access to this release and the senator’s other statements, click here.