Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) today issued the following statement on his vote against the surface transportation reauthorization bill:

"I believe our nation needs a transportation bill that addresses the inadequacies in the country's and Ohio's transportation infrastructure and gives states, municipalities and the private sector more certainty on funding. However, I cannot support this version of the bill because it violates the Budget Control Act Congress passed last August. At a time of trillion-dollar deficits and a record $15 trillion debt, Congress must at the very least live by the spending restraint rules just put in place.

"I am hopeful that the bill can be changed in the deliberations in the U.S. House of Representatives to bring this bill into compliance with the budget rules Congress set for itself last year."