Transportation Construction Coalition Washington Fly-In: AGC Members Urge Congress to Fix Highway Trust Fund Crisis
Over 50 AGC members and Chapter staff attended the Fly-In this week in Washington, D.C., to meet with members of Congress on Capitol Hill and educate them on the financial status of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF). Combined with attendees of the National and Chapter Leadership Conference and the Federal Contractors Conference, nearly 500 people have made visits to Senators and Representatives over the last four weeks.
The Highway Account of the HTF is projected to be in deficit by as much as $3.7 billion in fiscal year 2009. If additional revenues are not found to offset this deficit, states would face as much as a 34 percent reduction in their federal highway funding. Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the Committee’s ranking Republican, have proposed legislation to ensure sufficient revenues into the HTF to prevent a dramatic cut in highway funding in FY 2009.
On Tuesday, Congressman John Mica (R-Fla.), ranking Republican member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), member of the Senate Finance Committee, addressed the group and discussed their thoughts on the future of federal surface transportation policy and, in particular, how to develop and finance investment needs.
On Wednesday, attendees met with their Senators and Representatives to inform them of the HTF crisis and urged them to support the Baucus/Grassley proposal. To more effectively stress the importance of the issue with their Congressional delegation by broadening their coalition of industry and union representatives, the AGC members from Ohio were joined by the director of the Ohio Department of Transportation, James Beasley.
The Baucus/Grassley legislation was recently considered on the Senate floor along with the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill (H.R. 2888). Following the failure of a procedural vote relating to the bill, Senate leaders suspended consideration of the measure. AGC has made enactment of the Baucus/Grassley or other legislation to address the solvency of the HTF a top priority and continues to urge all members to educate their Senators and Representatives about the issue.
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