The following statement is from American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) President & CEO Pete Ruane:
“While we appreciate the efforts of the House Ways & Means and Senate Finance Committees to move forward this week on their respective plans to keep federal transportation funds flowing to the states, these actions must not be the latest ‘punt and leave the stadium’ strategy that has plagued the federal surface transportation program for far too long.
“The Highway Trust Fund has been limping from crisis to crisis for the past six years as America’s transportation network continues to decline. Therefore, our message to Congress is simple: your job isn’t close to being done.
“It’s incumbent upon lawmakers in the House and Senate, and officials from the Obama Administration before the end of 2014 to develop a long-term and sustainable Highway Trust Fund solution that supports future transportation capital investments. Anything less ignores the fragile state of our nation’s economy and does a great disservice to the tens of millions of American motorists, businesses, and workers who rely on the transportation network every day to support their livelihoods.”