Ohio Jobs on the Line with Highway Bill Set to Expire in One Week
COLUMBUS – While the U.S. Senate was considering whether to open debate on the Highway Bill this morning, Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman was considering where to cast his next line.
That’s right: with just a week left until the current Highway Bill expires and millions of dollars, thousands of jobs, and critical Ohio projects on the line, Portman skipped this morning’s very close (passed by only 51) vote to go fishing.
“Senator Portman’s fishing trip proves once again just how out of whack his priorities are. When Washington special interests need Senator Portman to pass their trade deals and outsource Ohio jobs, he’s there every time – but when Ohio roads, bridges and jobs are on the line, Senator Portman is gone fishing,” said Ohio Democratic Party spokeswoman Jennifer Donohue.
The current Highway bill is set to expire July 31st. If Congress fails to act, come August 1st no new contracts will be issued and money for current projects will begin to slow to a halt.
- Nearly 25 percent of Ohio’s bridges are structurally deficient.
- 42 percent of Ohio’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
- Poor road conditions cost Ohio drivers nearly $1.7 billion dollars a year – more than $200 per driver.