In ACPA’s “3 Minutes on Monday” this week, Leif Wathne provides a concise overview of recent highway funding legislative actions in Washington, DC.
He starts out with an explanation of America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act (or ATIA), which the Senate EPW committee passed last summer. It provides $287 billion dollars over five years and amounts to roughly a 27% increase over current FAST Act spending levels.
On the House side, the T&I Committee passed its version of a highway bill—The INVEST in America Act—on June 18th. It provides $319 billion dollars for highway investments, also over five years. This represents roughly a 42% increase over current levels, but also includes significant changes to the highway program. After passage by the T&I committee along party lines, democratic leadership in the House then rolled that bill into a broader $1.5 trillion dollar infrastructure package called the Moving Forward Act, which passed in the House largely along party lines on July 1.
While ACPA and our coalition partners are encouraged by this latest development as a necessary step toward reauthorizing federal surface transportation programs before the expiration of the FAST Act on Sept. 30, final enactment of meaningful highway legislation will require a bipartisan, bicameral compromise. Leif also provides a preview of the legislative call to action, which is the subject of our story, “ACPA Call to Action: Urge Federal Infrastructure Investment Now.”
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