Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono, (D-Hawaii) today released the following statement on the House passage of H.R. 2887, the Surface and Air Transportation Programs Extension Act.  This legislation will allow for the continued operation of the Federal Aviation Administration through January 31, 2012, and federal highway and transit initiatives through March 31, 2012.

“Extending the FAA and Highway bills, even for a short while, significantly impacts Hawaii.  More than 570 highway projects and 30 transit projects throughout the state will continue to be funded, which means some 4,200 island construction workers will still be on the job.  But once again, this is only a temporary fix.  We need long-term solutions for both measures that provide for better planning for our airports and roads and the creation of more jobs.”

Congresswoman Hirono is a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Submitted by Congresswoman Hirono’s office

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