U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

09/21/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/21/2020 13:49

Barrasso Statement on Need for One-Year Extension of Highway Funding in the Continuing Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), released the following statement on the Continuing Resolution legislation including a one-year extension of highway funding.

'It's critical that states and communities be able to plan for long-term highway projects,' said Barrasso. 'That's why I insisted the Continuing Resolution include a full one-year extension of highway funding. Month-to-month extensions don't provide the certainty states need. We must make sure local governments can move forward with the construction projects that keep our economy moving.'

Background Information:

On July 30, 2019, the EPW Committee unanimously advanced S. 2302, America's Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019 (ATIA). The bill authorizes $287 billion over five years, including $259 billion for formula programs to maintain and repair America's roads and bridges. ATIA includes provisions to codify key elements of President Trump's 'One Federal Decision' policy to streamline project delivery and federal approvals. The legislation also includes provisions to improve road safety, protect the environment, and grow the economy.