The National League of Cities president, Ted Ellis, mayor of Bluffton IN, released the following statement responding to the Senate and the House passing a two year transportation bill after nine short-term extensions:
"In a year where the federal legislative process has been marked by gridlock and partisanship, NLC applauds the House and the Senate for moving past their differences to ensure that the federal transportation dollars contributed by citizens across the country actually will leave Washington to support the bridge, highway and transit programs necessary to economic development and safety in our communities.
"After nine short-term extensions, passing the two-year transportation bill is an important next step in getting resources to our cities and towns for the transportation programs that keep our communities moving and support local economic vitality. We appreciate the hard work of our national transportation leaders in recognizing that transportation investment means jobs in our communities and provides the vital link for people to get to their jobs, school and doctor appointments.
"We are pleased that Congress continues to recognize the national partnership so critical to a national interconnected transportation system and values the important role of local officials in making transportation decisions that impact our communities.
"There is more work to be done to provide federal support for the increasing need for transportation alternatives in our communities and sustainable solutions that protect our communities now and in the future. As the need for transit continues to grow, NLC will continue to advocate for more resources for our bus and rail systems.
"We forward to working with Congressional leaders to find new sources of revenue to fund future transportation programs and maintain our national transportation network."
The National League of Cities is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.