A bipartisan group of 21 U.S. Senators this week voted unanimously to reauthorize the federal highway and bridge program A YEAR EARLY and with the largest increase in core highway investment IN 15 YEARS.
The Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee July 30 approved “America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act” (ATIA), S. 2302, which would set federal highway, bridge and highway safety investment and policy through 2025.
Read ARTBA’s analysis of ATIA for more details.
The magnitude of this first step cannot be overstated, but there is no time for a victory lap. We need to get to work.
Senators are in recess for the remainder of August and should hear from you that you support ATIA and want them to work to ensure the bill moves forward THIS YEAR. Here’s what you can do:
- Schedule a face-to-face meeting at the appropriate state office.
- Invite your senators to your headquarters or job site so they can see first-hand the real-world economic, job creation, quality of life and safety impacts of transportation investment.
- Send an email or tweet in support of the bill via ARTBA’s Grassroots Advocacy Center.
- Attend a town hall meeting and ask your senators to permanently fix the Highway Trust Fund and support final action on ATIA this fall.
When you meet with your senators:
- Tell them the importance of action now to prevent the cycles of delay and uncertainty that have plagued previous reauthorization bills.
- Ask them to support the call from EPW Committee Chair John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-Del.) to pay for ATIA with highway user fee revenue.
- Urge them to play a leadership role in final passage of Senate reauthorization bill this fall.
You can also complement these efforts in the Senate by also meeting with your House member:
- Encourage them to push their respective party’s leaders to begin advancing their version of a transportation reauthorization bill or infrastructure package this fall.
- Remind them a user-based, permanent revenue solution for the Highway Trust Fund must be the foundation of any final proposal.
ARTBA staff is ready to help with your grassroots efforts. Please contact ARTBA Senior Vice President for Congressional Relations Dean Franks with questions or if you need assistance.