Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) president Toby Mack called for quick resolution in conference on the two versions of highway funding legislation put forth by the U.S. House and U.S. Senate.
“The uncertainty surrounding federal surface transportation programs has hurt construction contractors and suppliers and forced us to delay transportation improvements vital to the long-term health of the U.S. economy. AED is pleased that the House has finally passed legislation to move the highway and transit reauthorization process forward.”
“AED would prefer a multi-year bill that creates new user fees to ensure the Highway Trust Fund’s long-term integrity and which increases investment to the levels necessary to improve the nation’s transportation system. However, at this point in time, we believe a swift conference on H.R. 4348 and MAP-21, the Senate’s two-year highway bill, is the best way to keep the reauthorization process moving forward and restore some near-term certainty to federal infrastructure programs.”
More information about surface transportation issues, including numerous studies underscoring needs and the benefits of transportation investment, is available at AED’s Highway Reauthorization Action Center.