Transportation construction industry professionals should make it “fire-cracker hot” for members of Congress at home for their July Fourth recess as it relates to the crisis facing the Highway Trust Fund (HTF).
“If you are going to a July 4th holiday parade or event, there’s a good chance your congressman and senators will be there,” ARTBA President Pete Ruane said in grassroots call-to-action message delivered June 25 to ARTBA members and industry professionals. “Walk right up to them and ask them what they personally are going to do to before the July 31 funding deadline to ensure the Highway Trust Fund’s cash flow problem is permanently fixed.”
Those who are not able to connect personally with their elected officials can access ARTBA’s digital grassroots platform via their mobile phone or tablet to message lawmakers via email, Facebook and Twitter.
Ruane said there is, once again, broad-based bipartisan support for federal highway and public transportation investment. The Senate Environment & Public Works Committee’s six-year highway reauthorization bill, which was unanimously approved by the committee on June 24, shows “there is continued momentum and a path forward for Congress to meaningfully address the nation’s transportation infrastructure challenges,” Ruane said. He noted there is now increased pressure on congressional tax committees to develop a long-term plan to stabilize and grow HTF revenues, which could help pave the way to passage of a multi-year bill.