Transportation advocates helped stop a legislative proposal by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) from gathering speed in the FY 2016 Budget Resolution before it became a road block to Highway Trust Fund solvency.
ARTBA’s government relations team, association members and industry coalition allies put a full-court press on Capitol Hill March 26 to successfully build opposition to the proposal.
Under the Lee Amendment, Congress would have had to find $15 billion per year of defense or non-defense discretionary spending cuts to preserve existing levels of highway and transit spending. It would have created a zero-sum game between transportation improvements and other national defense and discretionary priorities, with the practical effect resulting in more procedural barriers to raising new revenue for the reauthorization of MAP-21.
Letters from ARTBA, the ARTBA co-chaired Transportation Construction Coalition, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce-led Americans for Transportation Mobility, and emails and phone calls from ARTBA members and state chapters were heard loud and clear as Sen. Lee ultimately did not offer his amendment.
Special thanks to all ARTBA members for your grassroots efforts!