By John Schneidawind, vice president of public affairs, ARTBA

Vice President Mike Pence Feb. 22 said he expects the 116th Congress to “pass historic infrastructure legislation that will rebuild the roads and bridges and infrastructure of America.”

Pence delivered his remarks to the National Governors Association during a luncheon at the National Observatory, his official residence. He told the state chief executives they will play a key role in helping pass such a measure.

Pence also said the administration is “looking to cut back the red tape so that we can build America’s infrastructure faster and more efficiently with governors and states in the lead making that happen.”

House and Senate transportation committees have already been holding hearings aimed at addressing the nation’s infrastructure needs.

ARTBA continues to advocate for a permanent revenue solution to the chronic shortfall plaguing the Highway Trust Fund as the foundational priority for any infrastructure package.