Washington, D.C.–Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) voted in support of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act – the bicameral conference report to reauthorize federal surface transportation programs through FY2020.
“Strengthening our infrastructure is critical to improving our North Country economy, and I was pleased to help the House pass this six year highway bill today,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “Our economy needs predictability and certainty, and this highway bill would allow us to stop passing short term, stop-gap measures so that businesses can plan and grow. This legislation would also reauthorize important highway safety programs to help keep North Country families safe.
“I am also pleased that this legislation reverses cuts to the High Density States Program that our communities in Glens Falls and Watertown rely on. This was a top priority of mine for this legislation, which is why I worked aggressively to ensure the Conference Committee knew how vital this funding is to our region and this is reflected in the final package. Additionally this legislation helps North Country farmers by reversing changes to the crop insurance program that would have inflated their costs.
“Lastly, I am very pleased that this legislation includes a reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. The Export-Import bank is a critical program for businesses in our district, including the Plattco Corporation and New York Air Brake. I have been a strong proponent of reauthorizing this program since coming to Congress and I am proud to help pass this critical legislation.”
What They’re Saying:
"The enactment of a multi-year transportation bill was our number one priority in Washington this year," states Garry Douglas, President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce. "Not only for roads and bridges but because our region is in the business of producing transportation equipment, with 33 companies now employing more than 8,100 people in the North Country as we provide the buses, trains and subway cars that keep America moving."
Adds Douglas, "The last decade of short term bills has limited new investment in transit equipment, thereby limiting contract opportunities and employment in the North Country. This six-year bill is expected to prompt many new investments over the next few years, and our North Country companies and workers are ready to respond. We thank Congresswoman Stefanik for her active role in the House on our behalf, including direct assistance with several important details, and for her partnership with Senators Schumer and Gillibrand.”
Mike Elmendorf, President & CEO of the Associated General Contractors of New York State said, “The recent agreement by Congress on a comprehensive five-year highway bill is welcomed news for the construction industry in New York State. For every one billion dollars invested in our state’s infrastructure, nearly 28,000 good paying jobs are created and supported. With nearly 6,000 bridges and 60% of our roads in need of repair, this highway bill will allow our leaders in state government to finally make the investment that roads and bridges require. I commend and thank Congresswoman Stefanik for her leadership and hard work on this issue.”