Otter support transportation bill
brings numerous projects, more efficiency to Idaho
Idaho Congressmen Mike Simpson and C.L. “Butch”
Otter today supported House passage of the conference report to H.R.
3, the Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users.
H.R. 3 provides $286.5 billion in federal highway, transit and road
safety funding nationwide through 2009, including an average allocation
of approximately $276.7 million per year for Idaho. The legislation
also seeks to correct problems of congestion, unsafe highways and an
inefficient, cumbersome process for moving projects to completion, all
while providing for creation of millions of new jobs in the transportation
sector and related industries.
“A safe, efficient, and modern transportation system is essential
to the economic stability of our state,” said Congressman Simpson.
“The passage of this legislation is great news for anyone in Idaho
who wants to operate a business, grow a farm or ranch, or take their
family on vacation. I’m thrilled that within a fiscally responsible
budget the Idaho congressional delegation was able to deliver a number
of vitally important projects for our state.”
“Besides the clear financial benefits for Idaho in this legislation,
my focus has been on crafting a more reasonable and efficient highway
bill that ensures those benefits won’t be tied up for years in
hand-wringing bureaucracy and legal wrangling,” Congressman Otter
“The streamlining provisions in this conference
report will empower states to play a bigger role in moving transportation
projects from planning to creation of more jobs and safer highways.
That’s a welcome change.”