Gwinnett Daily Post-U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall and Sen. Johnny Isakson, both R-Ga., praised passage of a five-year transportation funding bill that was signed Friday by President Barack Obama.
Woodall’s office said the bill includes $6.8 billion in funding for projects in Georgia through the 2020 fiscal year. That amount is $607 million more than the funding included in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act of 2012, the office said.
The House passed the bill first in a 359-65 vote. Woodall and Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., voted for the bill while Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., voted against it.
“This isn’t just a transportation funding bill,” said Woodall, who sat on the conference committee that finalized the bill, in a statement. “It’s a bill that provides the certainty Georgia’s leaders have been looking for, it’s a jobs bill, it’s an economic competitiveness bill and it’s a safety bill.”
Within hours of the announcement from Woodall’s office on Thursday, the bill was passed by the Senate in an 83-16 vote. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., opposed it, calling it “budget gimmicks.” But it received support from Isakson, the state’s senior representative in the Senate.
“After far too many short-term patches, this long-term, bipartisan legislation is a victory for commuters, businesses, and road builders because it finally provides much-needed certainty for state and local transportation projects,” Isakson said in a statement.
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