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Highway bill tops agenda for Speaker Ryan

Tuesday, November 03, 2015 - 01:21

Newly elected House Speaker Paul Ryan says the House will get to work this week on a six-year bill that would allow highway spending to keep pace with inflation . Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) House Speaker Paul Ryan says the first issue he will tackle in his new leadership role is the highway bill. The six-year bill would allow highway spending to keep pace with inflation. It would promise $325 million in infrastructure funding through September 30, 2021. "We're advancing an issue that is a big priority to the hardworking taxpayers of this country. Fixing our roads and our bridges, improving our transportation infrastructure," said Ryan. However, the legislation would fund only the first three years of investment and contains no mechanism to pay for it. Funding for the second three years would require a new act of Congress. On immigration reform, Speaker Ryan says he has no plans to take up the issue during Obama's final year in office. "Given the fact that the President tried to do an end run around Congress, to go it alone, to try to write laws himself unilaterally... I think on this particular issue he's proven himself untrustworthy on this," said Ryan.

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Highway bill tops agenda for Speaker Ryan

Tuesday, November 03, 2015 - 01:21