Thune Statement on Passage of Bipartisan DRIVE Act

“This multi-year, bipartisan legislation will give states and local governments the ability to plan for and construct critical infrastructure projects.”

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, issued the following statement regarding final passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act. The bill passed by a vote of 65–34.

“Today, the Senate passed the bipartisan DRIVE Act, which provides much-needed funding and reforms to address key infrastructure needs and improves safety across the country. This multi-year, bipartisan legislation will give states and local governments the ability to plan for and construct critical infrastructure projects. It will also help strengthen our nation’s transportation system by increasing transparency in the allocation of transportation dollars, streamlining the permitting and environmental review processes, and cutting red tape.

“When Republicans took the majority in January, we promised the American people we’d get the Senate working again, and we have continued to work on a bipartisan basis to get things done. This transportation bill incorporated the input of a number of our colleagues, resulting in a stronger bill, and is another example of the Republican-led Senate working for the American people.”

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