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Westerman Votes for Highway Trust Fund Extension, Veterans Health Care Choice

July 29, 2015
Press Release
Bill Provides Short-term Extension for Federal Highway Trust Fund


WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-Hot Springs) issued the following statement Wednesday (July 29) following passage of H.R. 3236, the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015:

“Extension of federal highway funding through later this year provides the necessary time for Members of Congress to find a long-term solution to the shortfalls plaguing the Federal Highway Trust Fund,” Westerman said. “This bill is not a long term solution, but it advances us to a long term solution that I expect will benefit Arkansas roadways. In addition to keeping the Highway Trust Fund solvent, this bill also provides funding of private medical care for veterans. It is essential that we take care of our veterans and I am glad to see that the Veterans Choice Fund is allowing Arkansas’ veterans to get the care they need.”

H.R. 3236 provides funding of $8.07 billion to the Federal Highway Trust Fund through Oct. 29, 2015. Current funding of the Trust Fund is set to expire Friday (July 31). Funding for health care at private medical facilities is $3.35 billion, sourced from the Veterans Choice Fund.