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Valadao Statement on Surface Transportation Reauthorization

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Washington, November 5, 2015 | Anna R. Vetter ((202) 815-1685) | comments
H.R. 3763; the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act (STRR) of 2015 was considered and passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, November 5, 2015.
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WASHINGTON – H.R. 3763; the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act (STRR) of 2015 was considered and passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, November 5, 2015.

The Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 is a six-year, fiscally responsible bill, which funds our nations transportation priorities and provides important reforms to improve our nation’s infrastructure, while maintaining a strong commitment to safety.

The legislation authorizes $261 billion for highways, $55 billion for transit programs, and approximately $9 billion for safety programs.

U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao stated, “Whether it is to move goods from place to place or drive our children to school, our national transportation system enhances almost every aspect of American life on a daily basis.” He continued, “The innovative infrastructure improvements and reforms included in this agreement will not only make our transportation system safer and more efficient, but will aide economic growth, create jobs, and improve quality of life for all Americans.”

Key provisions of the legislation include:
  • Provides certainty for state and local governments to undertake large-scale, complex projects
  • Streamlines the environmental review and permitting process to cut red tape and accelerate project delivery
  • Eliminates and consolidates duplicative offices within the Department of Transportation
  • Establishes a Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects Program, facilitating commerce and the movement of goods
  • Promotes private investment in our surface transportation program
  • Improves truck and bus safety by accelerating the introduction of new technology
H.R. 3763; the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act passed in the United States House of Representatives with Congressman Valadao’s support on Thursday, November 5, 2015 by a vote of 363 to 64.

Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.

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