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Groups Representing State and Local Officials Call for Action

The heads of seven national organizations that represent state and local officials sent a letter to congressional leaders on July 7 urging Congress to ensure the “continued solvency of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), while committing to pass a long-term agreement on surface transportation funding as part of a multi-year reauthorization of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act.”

The signers are Dan Crippen, executive director, National Governors Association; William T. Pound, executive director, National Conference of State Legislatures; David Adkins, executive director, Council of State Governments; Matthew D. Chase, executive director, National Association of Counties; Clarence Anthony, executive director, National League of Cities; Tom Cochran, chief executive officer and executive director, U.S. Conference of Mayors; and Robert J. O’Neill Jr., executive director, International City/County Management Association.

They addressed the letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH); ­Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV); Democratic Leader of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and Senate ­Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and distributed it to all members of Congress.

“As the owners and operators of 97 percent of the nation’s interconnected surface transportation systems, state and local governments know that a long-term vision and funding certainty are best for our country’s infrastructure,” the letter states. “However, we cannot do it all. We believe that a commitment to surface transportation at all levels of government is necessary and that each level—including the federal government—has a crucial role to play to achieve overall success and keep America competitive in a 21st-century economy.”

The letter adds that federal inaction creates uncertainty, hinders transportation investments, and stalls the national economy.

“Our national organizations stand together to collectively urge Congress to find a long-term fix for the HTF and pass a multi-year surface transportation authorization bill. Let’s get it done together.”
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