The federal highway and transit programs shut down soon unless Congress and President Trump take action. Tell them to act before September 30 to avoid the potential loss of hundreds of thousands of construction jobs and the delay or cancellation of transportation projects!
The current federal highway and transit law – the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act – expires on September 30. If the law were to expire, tens of billions of dollars in federal funds would stop flowing to state and local highway, bridge, and transit projects. On top of this uncertainty, our industry is already facing the possibility of transportation construction investment cuts because of pandemic-related reductions in state and local revenues that fund these projects.
To prevent the shutdown of federal highway and transit programs, mitigate cuts to transportation construction investments, and spur the nation’s economic recovery, Congress and the Trump Administration must pass and enact legislation that includes a:
- Growth-oriented and turn-key extension of the FAST Act for one year;
- Backstop federal funding to state departments of transportation and public transit agencies; and
- Provisions to ensure the solvency of the Highway Trust Fund.
With dwindling legislative days prior to September 30, the transportation construction industry must be heard on Capitol Hill. Legislation that addresses these three priorities will forestall construction jobs losses by preventing delays and cancellations of projects. In addition, improving the nation’s highways, bridges, and transit systems will generate long-term economic benefits that will be felt well after the pandemic ends.
Congress and President Trump must take immediate action to provide a needed boost of economic confidence to the industry.
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