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ASA Calls Upon Senate Majority Leader Schumer for a Vote on Surface Transportation Legislation

ASA, along with 50 trade associations including the U.S. Chamber, sent a letter to Senate Majority Schumer urging him to formally schedule Senate floor time now for action on the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act of 2021 (STRA) before the August recess. The STRA was unanimously approved by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) and calls for historic and timely levels of investment to rebuild the nation’s roads and bridges. The bill would increase federal highway investment by 34 percent, while pursuing important environmental review and approval process reforms, protecting infrastructure assets from future natural disasters, and preserving state flexibility.  Per the letter, “we continue to encourage bipartisan negotiations on a larger infrastructure package and recognize the need to invest in all forms of infrastructure.  Moving a surface transportation authorization can prove to be an important step in that process. Highway and public transportation programs are the only federal infrastructure authorizations set to expire September 30th and cannot wait past the summer work period for Senate action.”