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Upton Helps Usher Long Term Highway Legislation Through the House

Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation Gives Local Governments Flexibility for Specific Infrastructure Projects

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Washington, December 3, 2015 | Tom Wilbur/Lynn Turner (202 225 3761/269-385-0039) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined the majority of his House colleagues in voting to advance the conference report for H.R. 22, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which authorizes federal surface transportation programs through fiscal year 2020.  The legislation was approved by an overwhelming 359-65 bipartisan vote.

“You don’t have to look both ways to see that this is a big time win for Southwest Michigan drivers, businesses, and families,” said Upton. “A five-year authorization gives us the certainty we need to continue our important work on much needed improvements to local infrastructure projects. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation will also create good-paying jobs here at home and across the country. I’m proud of the bipartisan work it took to get this done.”

The FAST Act is a fully paid-for surface transportation reauthorization of federal highway, transit, highway safety, motor carriers safety, hazardous materials, and passenger rail programs. It reforms and strengthens surface transportation infrastructure and safety programs and increases flexibility for states and local governments to better address their own unique infrastructure priorities.

Upton was a conferee on the highway legislation, and the legislation included several provisions related to energy and auto safety championed by Upton that made it into the final legislation. Learn more about these provisions here.

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