RECENT VOTES

Transportation

On March 29, 2012 the House passed H.R. 4281: a three month extension of the transportation reauthorization bill, which was set to expire at midnight Saturday. You may recall that an extremely flawed bill passed in the House Transportation Committee about six weeks ago. I oppose it, and many other Members on both sides of the aisle also oppose it. Since committee passage, the bill has gone nowhere because Republican leadership doesnít have the votes for it. Efforts to revise that bill have also gone nowhere. Meanwhile the Senate passed its own transportation bill with an overwhelming and bipartisan vote but House leadership wonít bring that bill up for a vote either. So another extension has become necessary. I voted NO because the House canít keep delaying action on transportation. Jobs are at stake as well as millions of dollars in funding for states to address their infrastructure needs. States and local entities need long-term certainty when it comes to transportation funding and another extension wonít give them that. H.R. 4281 passed and the entire vote is recorded below:

  YEA NAY PRESENT NOT VOTING
REPUBLICAN

229

10

0

2

DEMOCRAT

37

148

0

5

TOTAL

266

158

0

7

MASSACHUSETTS
DELEGATION

2

8

0

0