By David Bauer, senior vice president of government relations, ARTBA
Trump administration officials last week for the first time linked the president’s infrastructure package and a Highway Trust Fund (HTF) fix. According to media reports, “The bottom line is, we will need—as part of this debate—we will need to address the challenge of the Highway Trust Fund,” the official said. “And we’ve acknowledged that, and we’re looking forward to working with Congress on it.”
This key development reinforces the real opportunity we have to stabilize and grow the HTF’s revenue foundation well in advance of the expiration of the current highway and public transportation authorization law in October 2020. The Trump administration is expected to roll out its infrastructure proposal in January.
While there continues to be strong, bipartisan support for increasing infrastructure investment in the House and Senate, congressional GOP leaders have been cool to such initiatives in the past and have publicly taken a “wait and see” approach to President Trump’s infrastructure push.
Members of Congress are headed home for the holidays and many will be attending public events. These are key opportunities to show them the broad support from their constituents for both a permanent HTF revenue solution and an infrastructure investment package.
Please tell your representative and senators:
- The productivity gains from improving the nation’s transportation and infrastructure networks are a necessary next step to achieve the economic competitiveness goals they sought in the recently passed tax bill;
- President Trump’s infrastructure package should be an early top priority for Congress in 2018; and
- A permanent revenue solution for the Highway Trust Fund that supports increased surface transportation investment must be a foundation of any infrastructure package.
Use the ARTBA Grassroots Action Center to deliver this important message via email, tweet and post on the Facebook page of your representative and senators.