Senate Committee to Kick Off FAST Act Reauthorization – Highway Title Mark Up on July 30th
• Urgent Issue: FY20 Rescission Must Be Repealed by September 30th
The Highway Users congratulates the “Big 4” bipartisan leadership of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee – Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wy.), Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-De.), Transportation Subcommittee Chairman Shelley Moore Capito (R-WVa.) and Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) – on their bipartisan agreement to co-sponsor America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019 (ATIA). ATIA’s main features are a significant funding increase over a stable 5-year period and several new formula and grant programs focused on safety, bridges, and resiliency. This bill is a reauthorization of the FAST Act – not to be confused with the 10-year Trump-proposed infrastructure bill, which in theory would include both highway and non-transportation project funding.
The most urgent, time-sensitive, provision addressed by the EPW bill is Section 1509, which repeals a legislatively-required rescission of highway funding set to take effect in 2020. While the ATIA bill will take longer to progress, this rescission repeal needs to be considered on separate “must-pass” legislation that must be enacted before the fiscal year ends on September 30th. The rescission, if it takes effect, would sharply reduce the “baseline” level of funding budgeted for the reauthorization, which makes new funding much more difficult to include in future budgets. It is important for Highway Users’ members to understand that repealing rescission in the next two months is critically important to progress on a robust reauthorization. The Highway Users urges its members, allies, and friends to contact Congress immediately in support of repealing the rescission.
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