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(WASHINGTON) -- In this week's Republican address, House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster discusses a bipartisan infrastructure bill that seeks to bring jobs to American workers.
Shuster highlights the legislation as a possible example of President Obama and Senate Democrats working with Republicans to deliver reforms, referring to it as "breaking down barriers" for the country's economy.
The Water Resources Reform and Development Act looks to improve ports, harbors, and waterways for American trade and commerce, and serves as an illustration of how "Republicans have turned the page on the old ways," Shuster says. Initially, the bill was filled with earmarks, but party members set hard deadlines and cost limits, "cutting out the outdate projects, the unnecessary bureaucracy."
Read the full transcript of the Republican address:
For Americans trying to get a job and get ahead, Republicans are committed to making things easier any way we can.
We’ve passed dozens of bills to expand opportunity for middle-class families.
We’ve pushed Senate Democrats to match our focus on jobs.
And soon, we expect the president to sign one of our ideas into law.
It’s the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, an infrastructure bill designed to improve the ports, harbors, and waterways essential to the flow of trade and commerce.
At its core is a foundation for long-term job growth.
Not just jobs in construction, but also jobs that depend on and are created by a modern, efficient transportation system.
You see, without reform, our water infrastructure becomes more obsolete by the day.
That means the cost of doing business in America rises, other countries close the gap, and we become less competitive.
Right now, it can take 10, 12, even 15 years to study a single project - nothing gets going.
Not only that, the costs of these studies keep going up and up.
And to top it all off, traditionally this bill was bloated with earmarks, a spending free-for-all. It is the worst of all worlds.
So Republicans have turned the page on the old ways. We’re setting hard deadlines and cost limits.
We're cutting out the outdated projects, the unnecessary bureaucracy.
And there are absolutely no earmarks.
Taken together, these things mean breaking down barriers to the worthy projects that can be the pride of our economy and our country.
This is progress.
When you entrusted Republicans with the majority in the House, we pledged to do some simple, important things.
#1: focus on jobs, and #2: change the culture to make government more accountable to you.
This is a great example of how we’re delivering on both counts.
And with so much more to do, it’s an example of what we can accomplish when President Obama and Senate Democrats work with us to address your priorities.
Whatever it takes, we are determined to bring jobs home for America’s workers.
Thank you for listening.
And, in honor of Memorial Day, let me simply take this moment to say:
God bless the United States of America and all who have served and fallen in our name.
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