By Mark Holan, editorial Director, ARTBA

With the U.S. House of Representatives on summer recess for another three weeks, ARTBA members and their supporters are urged to contact their congressman about completing action on a multi-year highway and public transportation bill when he/she returns to Washington this September.

Invite your representative to your office or job site. Make a point of speaking with them at town hall meetings and other public events.

Be sure to convey these points:

  • The House does not have to like the Senate bill passed in July, but it does have to act.
  • House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) has said his committee plans to produce a multi-year bill in September.  We need you to support that process going forward.
  • More importantly, we are asking you to back efforts in the Ways & Means Committee to generate new trust fund resource to not only fill the $15 billion annual gap between current spending levels and incoming trust fund revenues, but to ensure any multi-year bill grows surface transportation investment beyond simple inflationary adjustments.
  • You were elected to address important national issues.  Do your part to end the eight-year cycle of short-term bills and temporary trust fund bailouts.

A ready-to-use message also is available at ARTBA’s Transportation Makes America Work website. It allows members to contract their House representatives via email and social media platforms, which today often has as much weight as personal contact. It’s easy to use:

  • Go to the ARTBA Transportation Makes America Work advocacy campaign website
  • Click on the “Take Action” tab at the top of the screen.
  • Type in your name, email address, mobile phone number and address in the designated fields. We need the phone number because congressional forms require it.
  • Click on the “Send Email” button to send your message to your representative.
  • Do not uncheck the “Send me emails about this campaign” and/or “Send me text messages about this campaign” boxes so ARTBA can keep you informed.
  • Once you complete the email, all you need to do is click on the Twitter and/or Facebook icons to send a message to Congress.  ARTBA has already prepared suggested language for both.  Note that you must have an existing—or you can create a new—Twitter account and Facebook page to communicate via these mediums.

Effective grassroots strength comes in numbers. Please make sure your colleagues, employees and business partners know about this easy to use advocacy tool.

Call ARTBA’s Vice President of Congressional Affairs Dean Franks at 202-289-4434 with any questions about the reauthorization of the federal highway and public transportation programs or any other transportation policy or investment issues.