Ayotte Supports Long-Term Highway Bill

Press Release

Date: July 30, 2015
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Transportation

U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) today voted in support of the Senate's multiyear highway bill (H.R. 22), which included several key provisions she championed. Because the House of Representatives failed to take up the Senate bill before adjourning for the August state work period, the Senate also passed a short-term extension of highway funding through October 29.

"Strengthening our roads, highways, and bridges is a priority for New Hampshire and the nation, and I supported the Senate's bipartisan, long-term highway bill that would provide states and contractors the certainty they need to begin new projects and hire workers. I also worked to include provisions specifically focused on New Hampshire transportation priorities - like preventing drug-impaired driving, allowing the establishment of state infrastructure banks, and protecting motorcyclists' rights," said Ayotte. "It's disappointing that the House did not take up our long-term bill and instead passed another short-term patch. While I supported this temporary extension to ensure projects can move forward, Congress must agree on a long-term bill that responsibly funds our transportation needs."

As part of her ongoing efforts to address New Hampshire's growing heroin crisis, Ayotte worked to include an amendment that directs the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) to support state efforts to increase public awareness of the dangers of drug-impaired driving, including driving while under the influence of heroin or prescription opioids. Another amendment she incorporated in the bill would bolster efforts in New Hampshire to establish a state infrastructure bank that leverages state and federal transportation dollars to attract private investments to help fund local transportation needs. Additionally, Ayotte worked to include language from a stand-alone bill she has co-sponsored with several other senators that would prohibit NHTSA from issuing federal grants to states to fund discriminatory motorcycle-only checkpoints.