For Immediate Release
Contact: Daisy Singh, firstname.lastname@example.org
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The American Highway Users Alliance is pleased the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure is moving forward with the transportation reauthorization process through the introduction of H.R. 3684, the “INVEST in America Act” and we thank Chairman DeFazio for his leadership.
“The Highway Users is generally supportive of the bill and happy to see legislation progressing through regular order. We look forward to working with the Committee to strengthen the highway provisions and seriously start to tack the massive backlog of highway and bridge investment needs,” stated Laura Perrotta, President and CEO of the American Highway Users Alliance.
The Highway Users is supportive of the robust funding levels and programmatic stability provided by the bill and very supportive of the substantial funding increase for the Highway Safety Improvement Program included in the bill which will help drive down fatalities on our roadways.
Below are a few of the items we would like to have a continued dialogue on with the Committee including:
- Increasing the emphasis on investment to address the massive highway and bridge program shortfalls,
- Concerns with new eligibilities for highway funds, because there is already a massive highway needs backlog for existing eligible projects,
- Efforts to streamline the delivery of projects while protecting the environment,
- Flexibility for State and local agencies to add new highway capacity where needed
The deadline to reauthorize surface transportation programs is quickly approaching. The American Highway Users Alliance is ready to work with all parties moving forward to ensure a long-term bill will be signed into law before we face an absence of program authorizations. Failure to act promptly could halt important road and bridge projects and will further disrupt America’s economic recovery.
The American Highway Users Alliance represents motorists, RV enthusiasts, truckers, bus companies, motorcyclists, and a broad cross-section of businesses that depend on safe and efficient highways to transport their families, customers, employees, and products. Highway Users members pay the taxes that finance the federal highway program and advocate public policies that dedicate those taxes to improved highway safety and mobility.