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Shuster Statement on the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014

Washington, DC, Jul 10, 2014 | Jim Billimoria, Justin Harclerode (202) 225-9446 | comments
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Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) released the following statement on H.R. 5021, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014, a bill introduced in the House by Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI), and cosponsored by Shuster:

“We have an immediate, critical need to address the solvency of the Highway Trust Fund and extend the current surface transportation law.  This bill does that in a responsible way with policies that have all previously received strong bipartisan and bicameral support.  If Congress fails to act, thousands of transportation projects and hundreds of thousands of jobs across the country will be at risk.

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Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) released the following statement on H.R. 5021, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014, a bill introduced in the House by Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI), and cosponsored by Shuster:

“We have an immediate, critical need to address the solvency of the Highway Trust Fund and extend the current surface transportation law.  This bill does that in a responsible way with policies that have all previously received strong bipartisan and bicameral support.  If Congress fails to act, thousands of transportation projects and hundreds of thousands of jobs across the country will be at risk.

“By funding surface transportation programs through May 2015, this legislation provides certainty and stability for states, while also providing Congress time to continue working on a long-term funding solution and a surface transportation reauthorization bill.  A shorter extension would guarantee a manufactured crisis in December when some might be inclined to play politics with these issues or use them as vehicles for unrelated policies that should be subject to the full and open debate they deserve.

“This bill in no way precludes Congress from continuing to work on addressing a long-term funding solution, and a long-term reauthorization bill remains a top priority for the Transportation Committee.  However, this legislation is the responsible solution at this time, ensures that we don’t play politics with these programs, and provides for making continued improvements to our surface transportation system.”

Note: the Ways and Means Committee approved H.R. 5021 during a committee markup today.

List of Supporting Organizations:

 

Associated General Contractors of America

National Association of Manufacturers

National Association of Manufacturers

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

American Road & Transportation Builders Association

Associated General Contractors of America

National Retail Federation

American Trucking Association

U.S. Travel Association

American Farm Bureau Federation

Mothers Against Drunk Driving

NAACP

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials

International Union of Operating Engineers

American Society of Civil Engineers

Laborers International Union of North America

National Association of Development Organizations

NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association

American Public Transportation Association

Airports Council International–North America

Transportation for America

Building America's Future

Smart Growth America

Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance

The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators

Governors Highway Safety Association

American Highway Users Alliance

American Public Works Association

American Council of Engineering Companies

National Stone Sand and Gravel Association

Transportation Intermediaries Association

The American Society of Landscape Architects

American Iron and Steel Institute

National Utility Contractors Association

American Concrete Pipe Association

American Concrete Pavement Association

National Ready Mixed Concrete Association

National Asphalt Pavement Association

Truckload Carriers Association

American Association of Airport Executives

International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association

Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America)

Safe Routes to School National Partnership

League of American Bicyclists

Alliance for Biking & Walking

Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals

National Tank Truck Carriers

American Moving & Storage Association

NATSO, representing America’s Truckstops and Travel Plazas

National Recreation and Park Association

Metropolitan Planning Council (Chicago, IL)

American Traffic Safety Services Association

SMART – Transportation Division

Safe Kids Worldwide

PeopleForBikes – Business Network

PolicyLink

International Warehouse Logistics Association

The National Industrial Transportation League

The Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors

Association of Equipment Manufacturers

Portland Cement Association

Associated Equipment Distributors

National Electrical Contractors Association

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)

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