Schock Applauds Senator Reid’s Commitment to Bring Forth a Highway Bill
Contact: Dave Natonski
Feb 24, 2010 -
Today, Congressman Aaron Schock (IL-18) hailed a commitment Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made to Senator George Voinovich, in which he pledged to bring forth a multi-year surface transportation reauthorization bill to the floor for a vote this year.
“For months, I’ve been calling for the reauthorization of a highway bill which will create American jobs while making tangible improvements to our infrastructure,” said Schock. “I’m grateful Majority Leader Reid has indicated his support for such an effort this year.”
“I’m calling on Speaker Pelosi to embrace the bipartisan work of Transportation Committee Chairman Jim Oberstar,” Schock continued. “We can put people to work immediately, and pay for it with unspent stimulus dollars. There is no reason to wait. This would be a far superior alternative to the $15 billion jobs bill the Senate recently passed.”
Congress Daily, February 23, 2010 - It was not a tough vote for every one of the five Republicans. "No, it was not a tough decision because I think it's the right thing to do," Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, said. "To me that's an easy vote."
Voinovich said Reid promised him beforehand that he will bring a multi-year surface transportation reauthorization bill to the floor for a vote this year, something that Voinovich has been heavily pressing party leaders for. He also said the jobs bill will bring about $300 million to his state. "We need it," he said.