Congress remains on summer recess for just over two more weeks, but members of the House of Representatives and their staffs are preparing for a busy fall session when they return in September, including possible action on a multi-year highway and public transportation bill. That’s why ARTBA members and their supporters should be meeting with their congressman personally while they are still home.
Invite them to your office or job site. Make a point of speaking with them at town hall meetings and other public events. 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.
Once you’ve met with your congressman, please contact ARTBA’s Vice President of Congressional Affairs Dean Franks at 202-289-4434 to let him know the results. Dean is working to keep track of all August meetings.
You can also use ARTBA’s digital grassroots platform to communicate with elected officials:
In July and so far in August, a total of 821 new people signed up to deploy the ready-to-use message. With little more than the tap of a finger, they easily sent out 3,080 emails, Tweets and Facebook posts to their senators and House member.
Effective grassroots strength comes in numbers. Let’s keep the heat on the members of the House face-to-face and digitally until they return to Washington. Thanks for your continued support!