ATM Voices Support for STRR Act, Expresses Funding Concerns
WASHINGTON, D.C. / FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 3, 2015
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WASHINGTON, D.C.— In a letter sent today to the U.S. House of Representatives, the Americans for Transportation Mobility (ATM) Coalition voiced strong support for H.R. 3763, “the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 (The STRR Act),” urged the House to pass the legislation with time to hold a conference committee and send a final bill to the President before the current extension expires November 20.
The House is expected to consider more than 100 amendments to the STRR Act, which if passed, will be added to H.R. 22, the DRIVE Act. “Congress has for too long avoided its responsibility for providing a long term reauthorization of the surface transportation program,” the letter states. “We commend the leadership of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for taking a very important step towards providing long term certainty needed for planning, financing and execution of transportation and public transit projects.”
The letter reiterates ATM’s strong opposition to any effort to reduce investment levels in transportation infrastructure by “devolving” the federal program to state and local entities, noting, “Shifting responsibility without sufficient resources to other levels of government is an unacceptable and unworkable solution for the problems plaguing American infrastructure.”
The letter also raises a number of areas of concern for ATM, including funding for the DRIVE Act and attempts to modify application of the Davis-Bacon Act with respect to transit and transportation projects.
Additionally, the letter urges the House to reject any poison-pill amendments that could unravel the strong, bipartisan coalition necessary for pass this critical legislation.
A full copy of the letter can be found here.
The Americans for Transportation Mobility Coalition is a collaborative effort by business, labor, transportation stakeholders and concerned citizens to advocate for improved and increased federal investment in the nation’s aging and overburdened transportation system. The coalition believes the deterioration of the nation’s transportation system undermines the economy, jeopardizes our safety, threatens our quality of life, and harms the environment.