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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

Congresswoman Lawrence Calls for End to Transportation Funding Gridlock

July 10, 2015
Press Release
Rep. Lawrence takes to the House floor to urge action on long-term plan.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning, Congresswoman Brenda L. Lawrence (D-MI) took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives and called on her colleagues to join her in putting an end to the short-term transportation funding extensions that have left Michigan’s infrastructure in shambles.

“We are less than three weeks away from the expiration of the National Highway Trust Fund and, once again, talking about another short-term extension,” Congresswoman Lawrence said. “The Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association estimates that Congress’ failure to come up with a long-term plan has cost Michigan tax-payers more than $350 million.”

During her floor speech, the Congresswoman cited a number of viable plans that have been offered and that Congress has failed to act on, including:

  • H.R. 1308, a cargo shipping fee that would generate $8 billion per year;
  • H.R. 625, an overseas tax that would generate $170 billion over ten years;
  • H.R. 680, a gas tax that would generate $210 Billion over ten years; and
  • The GROW AMERICA Act, a combination plan that would raise $478 Billion over six years.

National Highway Trust Fund Plans

She also highlighted Michigan’s “Getting Beyond Gridlock” plan, which would raise $410 billion over six years.

“Republicans don’t want to raise taxes. Democrats don’t want to hurt middle and lower-income families,” the Congresswoman said. “But we must make the hard choices. We must take the hard votes.”

If you have any questions, please contact Tracy Manzer in Congresswoman Lawrence’s office at Tracy.Manzer@mail.house.gov or call (202) 225-5802.