Washington, D.C. -- Following the Senate's action this afternoon to pass the House of Representatives' 90-day stop gap extension of transportation programs, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following statement.
Senator Boxer said: "The House sent us a 90-day stop gap extension of the nation's transportation programs with not one dime of revenue to fund them, and the Highway Trust Fund is on the road to bankruptcy. House Republicans sent out a signal that America should be ready for job losses and hardship, because they didn't even have the decency to put in that extension a written commitment to produce a bill, to get to conference with the Senate, and to get a bill to the President. Thousands of businesses are at stake, and eventually we are talking about nearly three million jobs at stake. There are many people on both sides of the aisle in the Senate who want to get our bill, MAP-21, passed into law, and I am going to do everything I can to keep the pressure on the Republican House to do just that."