WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on the Senate’s passage of the DRIVE Act, which lays the groundwork for a multi-year highway bill, and the 34th short-term extension of the Highway Trust Fund since 2009:
“Today the Senate took an important step in moving forward a bipartisan, multi-year bill to address our nation’s infrastructure needs. Montanans deserve a long-term solution that provides needed certainty, improves our infrastructure country, and most importantly, helps create jobs.
“I am disappointed that Congress also had to once again pass a short-term extension of the Highway Trust Fund, but I’m thankful that we are engaged in concrete steps to provide the nation with multi-year highway authorization. This vote also secured critical reforms to keep VA hospitals open, give our veterans relief from Obamacare’s employer mandate and expand veterans’ access to the health care services they need. I will continue working to ensure the House and Senate will come to agreement on a multi-year highway bill that provides Montana and our country with the certainty needed to make long-term infrastructure investments.”