Westerman Calls For Permanent Highway Funding Bill (Video)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-Hot Springs) voted Wednesday (July 15) for H.R. 3038, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, Part II. The bill funds a five month extension of the Federal Highway Trust Fund:
“Today, the House of Representatives passed a five month extension of the Federal Highway Trust Fund. Because we have immediate needs, I supported this short-term fix, although it provides no certainty to states like Arkansas. My bill, the Prioritizing American Jobs and Roads Act, would fully fund our transportation and infrastructure needs. It does this without raising taxes. It is the solution we need to keep Arkansas highway projects moving forward.”
The Prioritizing American Jobs and Roads Act would change Medicaid expansion match rates established under Obamacare and paid by the federal government from a current rate of 100 percent to traditional Medicaid match rates. In Arkansas, the traditional Medicaid federal match rate is 70 percent while the state picks up the remaining 30 percent. Nationally, the average is a 57 percent federal match rate and 43 percent picked up by states.