ACPA participated in a roundtable discussion by web yesterday.
Featured presenters included Clare Doherty, Staff Director of the House Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations; Michael Falencki, Minority Staff Director for the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit (T&I Committee); Rebecca Higgins, Senior Policy Advisor for the Senate EPW Committee; Richard Russell, Senate EPW Staff Director; and Aruna Kalyanam, Majority Tax Counsel for the House Ways & Means Committee.
The officials presented updates on highway and airport relief funding, as well as long-term investment measures, including the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act (ATIA), which Rebecca Higgins suggested Senate Democrats are in favor of passing and going to conference with the House passed bill. As we reported, ATIA was passed by the Senate last year. Looking ahead at the Senate’s Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act, Senator McConnell’s proposal included a $13 billion THUD portion, with about $10 billion designated mostly for airports to maintain operations, and no funds designated for State DOTs.
Laura Perrotta, AHUA President and CEO, highlighted a new highway funding advocacy campaign called #fightforhighways and underscored how important it is that Congress acts on relief funding for DOTs to help ensure projects don’t get delayed or cancelled moving forward. Look for more information about this campaign in a special issue of ACPA TODAY, which will be published tomorrow (Thursday).
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