ASA Calls Upon the House to Support Infrastructure
ASA, along with the AGC, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, and the U.S. Chamber call upon the U.S. House to pass the Senate passed bipartisan infrastructure bill, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). This legislation represents a historic opportunity to provide substantial economic and quality of life enhancements to communities across the country and to build for the future. The investments made in the package would facilitate long overdue repairs and improvements to our roads, bridges, rail, and public transportation, and other critical infrastructure, such as airports, ports, broadband, energy, and water systems. The investments included in the IIJA would create good-paying jobs through project construction in the short term, and provide improved safety and mobility for people and goods for decades to come in every single state. By including a five-year reauthorization of federal highway, public transportation, and passenger rail programs, the agreement would also ensure states and localities have much needed funding and policy certainty to proceed with planned projects. These programs are currently operating under an extension set to expire September 30th, and the Federal Highway Administration recently warned that the Highway Trust Fund could face cash shortfalls as early as November, which will severely disrupt highway projects. Taken together, the need for prompt action is imperative.