On Thursday, Nov. 5, Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02) supported H.R. 22, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015, which will move the process forward on a six-year transportation authorization bill.
“Today, the House took an important step to provide certainty and allow states to plan ahead for transportation projects,” Guthrie said. “For too many years we have governed by short-term extensions, and I am hopeful that this process will result in a long-term reauthorization that grants states more flexibility to address the transportation needs of their individual states.”
The Highway Bill included language submitted by Guthrie to designate the William H. Natcher Parkway as a future I-65 spur. The language included was the product of extensive work with state and local leaders in order to open up additional economic development opportunities and attract jobs to the region.
“An interstate designation has the potential to be a boon for local businesses, lead to economic growth across the region and contribute to greater safety on our roads,” Guthrie said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate as the Conference Committee proceeds to make this designation a reality.”
“The bill that came before the House wasn’t perfect,” Guthrie continued. “I was disappointed that language to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank was included. I previously opposed reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank because of a lack of meaningful reforms to protect taxpayers. I supported nearly a dozen amendments to the Highway Bill that would have made significant reforms to the Bank; however, none were accepted. Absent meaningful reforms, I do not support reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank and am disappointed it was included in this bill.”