House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Calls for Bridge Reconstruction Initiative Support, Plans to Introduce Bill
Congressman Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.) Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Thursday convened a meeting of transportation stakeholders, including AGC, to request support for his National Highway System Bridge Reconstruction Initiative. The Chairman announced that he will introduce legislation authorizing the program on Tuesday. The Transportation Construction Coalition, of which AGC is co-chair, met Wednesday and agreed to support the proposal and work for its enactment.
The initiative would provide dedicated funding to states to repair, rehabilitate, and replace structurally deficient bridges on the National Highway System. Chairman Oberstar has suggested that a 5 cent per gallon increase in the federal excise on gasoline could be used to pay for the program. The revenue derived from the increase would be deposited into a newly-established trust fund specifically for bridge reconstruction and could total as much as $25 billion over the proposed three-year life of the program. In addition, the Chairman’s bill would prohibit funds from being earmarked for specific bridge projects.
AGC supports Chairman Oberstar’s initiative and urges members to contact their Representatives to support it as well. A letter is available at AGC’s Legislative Action Center to send to your members of Congress to ask for their support. To send a letter click here.
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