With funding for federal transportation projects soon to expire, NSSGA welcomed progress made by the US House of Representatives on a surface transportation reauthorisation bill that authorises road, highway and bridge projects through fiscal 2021.
A six year long bill has been proposed by the US House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, but Congress would have to find additional revenues to fund the additional three years of the authorisation.
“As the industry that supplies the essential building materials for our nation’s roads and highways, we are glad to see that our country is closer to having a long-term investment in our infrastructure,” said Michael W. Johnson, NSSGA president and CEO. “While the current funding levels are not ideal in this draft, we welcome any bill that allows our member companies to continue partnering with federal, state and local companies to improve roads, bridges and infrastructure.”
NSSGA will continue working with congressional transportation champions to develop a funding mechanism that will ensure sustainability and stability of the Highway Trust Fund into the future. The association is urging the House to adopt this legislation quickly do that a conference can be convened with the Senate to reconcile differences and result in a bill being signed into law before Christmas.
“Any investment in our nation’s surface transportation network is a win for all Americans and it is imperative to continued economic growth, maintaining global competitiveness, cleaner air and safer roads,” Johnson said.
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