The ACPA Legislative Issues Steering Committee (LISC) met yesterday to discuss the committee’s priorities and activities for the 117th Congress.
Bill Davenport and Leif Wathne presented an update on ACPA PAC activities, nothing that in spite of having no in-person mid-year meeting or annual meeting to conduct fundraising, we came very close to meet our fundraising goal. In response to questions about the efficacy of the PAC, staff underscored that ACPA PAC is the appropriate size, given ACPA’s issues and priorities (as defined in the LISC Purpose and Scope document).
Leif noted that ACPA PAC is getting plenty of “bang for the buck,” partly by strategically leveraging PAC giving with our allies through coalition fundraising events.
Leif provided a review of a proposed highway funding mechanism called Virtual VMT (vehicle miles traveled). The proposal aims to address the HTF insolvency by introducing a virtual VMT user fee that will replace the current motor fuels tax revenues. A brief overview was provided at the meeting, and further discussion about potential endorsement of this proposal is planned for a future meeting.
A brief overview of the current status of a COVID Relief Bill, as well as a status report and summary of the surface transportation bill was also provided during the meeting. Leif said it is possible that surface transportation could be rolled into as part of a trillion dollar transformational infrastructure stimulus package currently being drafted by the administration – and acted upon in the spring after passage of the COVID relief bill. Alternatively, the bill could be introduced as a more traditional stand-alone highway & transit reauthorization measure. Either way, ACPA is optimistic about the prospects for passage of a robust, multi-year highway authorization before the current extension expires at the end of September.
Leif echoed optimistic perspectives previously expressed by ACPA Chairman Dave Howard (Koss Construction) and Jerry Voigt. “Transportation authorization is an excellent opportunity for elected officials to come together in a bi-partisan manner to accomplish a major legislative objective, and equally important, to build back better our nation’s infrastructure, workforce, and economy,” he said. “We will continue to advocate tirelessly for the concrete pavement industry’s interests with both the Administration and on Capitol Hill.”
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