By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA
ARTBA and the American Public Transportation Association May 8 launched a radio campaign urging key members of Congress to stop playing games with federal transportation funding and find a permanent solution for the federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF).
The campaign coincides with the May 31 deadline to extend funding through the HTF for the federal highway and transit program. With just weeks to go, congressional leaders have still not reached agreement on a course of action. The continued uncertainty is causing states to delay or cancel transportation improvement projects.
The 30-second radio spots are airing in states and districts represented by: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), and Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)
The script begins, “For the past seven years, our presidents and the Congress have added over $50 billion to our nation’s debt… just to maintain current road and public transit funding. Now they’re talking about doing it again. …”
Listen to the full ad targeting House Rep. Ryan.
ARTBA is also encouraging its members and other supporters to contact these same leaders via social media through a stepped up digital campaign, and through an old fashioned letter writing and email offensive.