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Nancy Boyda, D-KS 2nd
Mrs. BOYDA of Kansas. Madam Speaker, I thank the chairman.
Well, we are here. We are back again. It was about 6 weeks ago that this body passed the very bill that we are talking about today, with the looming shortfall in the highway trust fund. With no Senate action until yesterday, the shortfall is now here and now, and we have to deal with it.
Just last week, our Department of Transportation Secretary, Deb Miller, in Kansas, announced that KDOT would have to cut funds, cut programs and projects while the delay of the payment of funds was slated from the highway trust fund took shape.
Madam Speaker, we can no longer wait to act. The American people are so frustrated right now with Congress, and this is just one more of those things. It is about as crazy as I thought it would be getting here in Congress and watching what Congress can't do, with the opportunity today to do a two-for: We can fix this fund. We can fix this shortfall in the highway trust fund, and we can show the American people that in fact we can come together; in a bipartisan manner, we can work together. With
that, I strongly support this bill.