38 agencies and advocacy groups appeal to McConnell on America's Transportation Infrastructure Act

Among the signees are the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Associated General Contractors of America

October 18, 2019
38 agencies and advocacy groups appeal to McConnell on America's Transportation Infrastructure Act
Photo: Gage Skidmore

Late yesterday, a letter was sent to U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) in which nearly 40 government bodies, agencies, and advocacy groups stringently urged the Senate majority leader to act swiftly on the America's Transportation Infrastructure Act (ATIA), which recently made it out of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee on a unanimous vote of support.

The five-year, $287 billion act would yield a $37.9 billion increase above existing levels of highway investment, plus inflation. In FY 2021, ATIA would increase highway investment by 17%, with modest increases in subsequent years.

The substance of the letter and a list of its signatories follows here:

The Honorable Mitch McConnell Majority Leader
U.S. Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Leader McConnell:

October 17, 2019

The Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee’s America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act (ATIA), S. 2302, provides a rare opportunity to benefit all states and continue the nation’s longest economic expansion in history. While the EPW Committee has unanimously approved a critical federal infrastructure initiative, it is up to the rest of the Senate to take the next steps.

We applaud EPW Committee Chairman Barrasso, Ranking Member Carper and all committee members for proactively moving forward with a reauthorization of the federal highway program more than a year before it expires. History has demonstrated that delaying action on such measures until their deadline leads to two outcomes: short-term extensions; and disruption of state highway improvement plans.

The ATIA is not only timely, but it would also deliver meaningful enhancement to the nation’s highway and bridge infrastructure network. It would provide historic investment levels, deliver beneficial projects faster by cutting red tape, tap private sector capital and innovations, prioritize safety, and improve the quality of life for rural and urban communities. The ATIA is an important foundation to begin addressing the critical need to modernize America’s infrastructure.

The ATIA earned unanimous endorsement of EPW Committee members and supportive comments from President Trump. This unique show of broad, bipartisan cooperation speaks not only to the merits of the legislation, but also to its prospects for passage. The EPW Committee approved a highway program reauthorization in June 2015 that, with your personal support, spurred action from other Senate committees and the House of Representatives. This culminated in the enactment of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act six months later.

We urge you to ensure the progress made on the ATIA continues by committing to schedule a reauthorization of the federal surface transportation programs for floor consideration this year. Such a pledge would be an unequivocal signal to the other relevant Senate committees to begin developing their respective components of the final bill.

Sincerely,

American Road & Transportation Builders Association

Associated General Contractors of America

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

American Society of Civil Engineers

Associated Equipment Manufacturers

The National Industrial Transportation League

American Public Works Association

Transportation Intermediaries Association

National Association of Chemical Distributors

North America's Building Trades Unions

International Union of Operating Engineers

Laborers International Union of North America

American Public Transportation Association

Equipment Dealers Association

Associated Equipment Distributors

National Tank Truck Carriers, Inc.

American Highway Users Alliance

National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association

American Council of Engineering Companies

American Concrete Pipe Association

Coalition for America's Gateway & Trade Corridors

Energy Equipment & Infrastructure Alliance

National Ready Mixed Concrete Association

National Steel Bridge Alliance

Portland Cement Association

Industrial Minerals Association - North America

American Concrete Pavement Association

Construction & Demolition Recycling Association

American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI)

International Warehouse Logistics Association

National Parking Association

Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association (FEDA)

National Association of Trailer Manufacturers

Food Marketing Institute

CCIM Institute

Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association

Associated Wire Rope Fabricators

Building Owners and Managers Association

cc: All U.S. Senators

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