The current FAST Act highway authorization Act expires on September 30, 2020. The House of Representatives passed H.R. 2, the INVEST in America Act, which provides $319 billion for highways over five years. Only one committee on the Senate side, the Committee on Environment and Public Works, has unanimously reported the highway title (S. 2302) of the law to the Senate floor. The Banking, Commerce and Finance Committees still need to draft their sections (transit, safety, tax) of the bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has the authority to schedule S. 2302 at any time and to combine the other titles into the bill before a final vote on the Senate floor.
As a Maryland asphalt industry leader, we’re asking you to contact your senators TODAY and urge them to quickly vote on a surface transportation bill before the Congress adjourns for the August recess. The August break can then be used to reconcile House and Senate bills into one bill and send to the President in September before Congress adjourns for the National elections. The clock is ticking.
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Since the beginning of the 116th Congress, I have been hearing how the President and Congress were going to take up infrastructure legislation before the FAST Act expires on September 30, 2020.
While the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously approved S. 2303 – the American Transportation Infrastructure Act – in August 2019, the bill has not been scheduled for the Senate floor vote.
As a constituent, I expect you to keep your commitment to pass a major infrastructure reauthorization bill this year. As a member of the Maryland transportation industry, my job depends on you to prioritize this matter. Furthermore, transportation investment boosts Maryland’s economy in the short-term by creating jobs and in the long-term will enhance economic competitiveness, stimulate sustained job growth, improve access and mobility, improve traffic safety, reduce travel delays, and improve road and bridge conditions. There is no better time for the Senate to take a serious step forward and schedule S. 2302 or the INVEST in America Act for a vote.
There will be no bill unless the Senate acts next. Kicking the can down the road on this important issue would be a punch in the gut to our local economy. Do not wait until 2021 to act. We need you to act now! Please urge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to schedule a vote on S. 2302 or the INVEST in America Act before the August break. It is time to act!
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