Durbin Calls For Quick Action On Transportation Bill


Decatur – Senator Dick Durbin, (D) Illinois, is urging the House to act quickly on a long-term transportation funding bill when it returns to work in September.

Touring ADM’s Midwest Inland Port Durbin says the last long-term bill expired in 2009.  Since then Congress has passed a series of temporary measures to fund road, bridge and rail projects.

“In the last six years we’ve had 34, 34 short term extensions of the highway trust fund,” Senator Durbin told WAND’s Doug Wolfe.  “If you wanted to buy a home and went to the bank and said we’ll give you a three month mortgage for that home you wouldn’t even consider it.”

The Midwest Inland Port is a rail facility used for shipping large containers.  It is believed the port will become an economic driver for the Decatur area economy. 

A bipartisan bill has been passed in the Senate.  It has provisions for the creation of a national freight rail program. 
“There’s also a major provision in there to provide grants for freight movement in America,” Durbin stated.

Durbin believes the House could pass the measure before the end of the year.

(Pictured: Senator Dick Durbin at the Midwest Inland Port on August 10, 2015) 

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