The American Highway Users Alliance (Highway Users) sent a letter to House and Senate leaders urging Congress to approve a one-year extension to the FAST Act.
“Due to the limited days remaining in the legislative calendar, the Highway Users urges Congress to pass a one-year extension of current surface transportation law with increased highway investment funding to ensure important road and bridge projects can continue into the new fiscal year and prevent further disruption to America’s economic recovery,” writes AHUA President & CEO Laura Perrotta.
In the letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, AHUA applauds the Senate EPW Committee and the House T&I Committee for moving forward with the transportation reauthorization process through their efforts on their respective bills this Congress. Copies of the letter also went to EPW Chairman and Ranking Member John Barrasso and Carl Carper and T&I Committee Chairman and Ranking Member Peter DeFazio and Sam Graves.
A one-year extension will ensure roadway projects and safety improvements can continue seamlessly through the construction season, the letter continues. The letter also urges Congress, when considering the extension, to increase highway investment in line with the planned funding levels in the respective transportation reauthorization bills that were being pursued by the Senate and House.
The letter also emphasized the importance of a multi-year highway bill; efforts to ensure Highway Trust Fund (HTF) solvency, and inclusion of $37 billion in relief to State DOTs to replace the steep decline in state fuel taxes and other revenue used for highways.
ACPA’s Leif Wathne co-Chairs the Highway Users’ Policy and Government Affairs Committee.
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