U.S House Passes Final Transportation Agreement that will Strengthen Southwest Washington Buses, Columbia River Gorge Bridges
Jaime Herrera Beutler secures increased bus and bridge support in five-year package; Senate passage expected, president supports
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a final five-year, bipartisan transportation package that adds $1.5 billion in competitive grants for bus systems in Southwest Washington and across the country, and also makes roads and bridges within the Columbia River Gorge eligible for economic development grants to fund improvements.
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a final five-year, bipartisan transportation package that adds $1.5 billion in competitive grants for bus systems in Southwest Washington and across the country, and also makes roads and bridges within the Columbia River Gorge eligible for economic development grants to fund improvements. Both provisions were included as a result of amendments successfully led by Jaime Herrera Beutler. The responsible legislation does not raise the gas tax, streamlines inefficiencies, prioritizes safety, and provides certainty for cities and states to plan much needed transportation projects. The U.S. Senate is expected to approve the package in the coming days, and the President has announced that he will sign it into law.
“This five year package will make meaningful improvements to the transportation system that serves our region’s residents and businesses, as well as the thousands who visit the Columbia River Gorge each year.” said Jaime. “I’m pleased to have succeeded in making sure our federal transportation dollars can meet the needs of Southwest Washington’s buses, bridges and roads.”
Jaime Herrera Beutler sponsored Bus Transit Amendment:
Jaime Herrera Beutler led the effort to restore the Bus and Bus Facilities Competitive Grant program when she successfully championed an amendment to the U.S. House version of the transportation bill in November. As a result of Jaime’s efforts, the final House-Senate funding agreement includes an additional $1.5 billion for which Southwest Washington transit agencies can compete to improve bus services for Southwest Washington transit commuters.
Jaime Herrera Beutler sponsored Bridges in National Scenic Areas Amendment:
The bill also included a bipartisan proposal offered by Jaime and Oregon Reps. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Portland) to help improve roads and bridges in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.
The proposal ensures that projects within national scenic areas (NSA’s), including the Columbia River Gorge NSA, are eligible for federal transportation grants to help them serve the needs of their local economies, residents, and visitors. Read more about this amendment here.