A letter authored by Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.), Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.), Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) and Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-N.J.), and co-signed by nearly 300 members of the House of Representatives shows widespread support for fixing the Highway Trust Fund and quick action on a long-term surface transportation bill.
The letter was publicly released Feb. 24. It reads in part: “We are united in our conviction that now is the time to end the cycle of short-term extensions that kick the can down the road by doing the work needed to pass a multi-year surface transportation reauthorization bill. To make this happen, we support efforts to develop a long-term sustainable revenue source for our nation’s transportation network as soon as possible.”
ARTBA President Pete Ruane issued the following statement:
“In today’s hyper-charged partisan atmosphere, there are very few issues that can generate nearly 300 signatures in the House of Representatives outlining support for any policy action. That’s why Reps. Ribble, Lipinski, Reed, and Pascrell deserve a great deal of credit for their leadership in building an impressive list of signatories on their letter to Speaker Boehner and Minority Leader Pelosi about the Highway Trust Fund.
“The letter makes clear at least three things. First, there is underlying consensus among Republicans and Democrats about the proper role of the federal government in tackling national transportation infrastructure investment challenges. Second, more short-term budget gimmicks, and the cycle of uncertainty and dysfunction plaguing the Highway Trust Fund since 2008 must come to end. Third, there is overwhelming bipartisan support for legislative action that provides a sustainable revenue source for the nation’s transportation network.”
A huge debt of gratitude is due to all ARTBA member firms and state chapters for their outstanding work in helping secure support for the letter from their members of Congress!