The Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) is asking you to schedule in-person meetings with your members of Congress and remind them that although the current surface transportation authorization – the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act – provided five years of stability for the Highway Trust Fund, the long-term outlook for the trust fund is bleak. Without a real sustainable solution before the FAST Act expires in 2020, Congress will once again be forced to provide a temporary patch for the Highway Trust Fund or our federal transportation program will face devastating cuts.
This point needs to be made directly with members of Congress. President-elect Trump and leaders in Congress have declared overhauling the U.S. tax code and passing an infrastructure investment package as key priorities in 2017. Either of these initiatives would be an appropriate vehicle to carry a permanent Highway Trust Fund revenue fix. The message that representatives and senators need to hear from the construction industry is:
- I agree with 130 bipartisan House members support fixing the Highway Trust Fund in any tax reform plan.
- A permanent Highway Trust Fund solution should be a foundation of any infrastructure investment package.
- If Congress fails to act, the Highway Trust Fund will face significant shortfalls when the FAST Act expires.
- President-elect Trump and Congress have a narrow window to address this situation before states will once again be forced to begin delaying projects due to uncertainty about federal funds.
In addition to delivering these messages, we encourage you to submit written comments directly to the House Ways & Means Committee to amplify these points, provide details on the current transportation challenges your state faces and the importance of a Highway Trust Fund fix to your state’s economy. State specific information can be found here. The Committee is requesting comments at http://waysandmeans.house.gov/taxreform/
Encourage your employees to also send e-Hardhat messages to their members of Congress.