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Keeping Highway Trust
Fund Dilemma at the Forefront

National Asphalt Pavement Association Pounds the
Pavement to Influence Congress' Legislative Agenda





From a pressure standpoint, it was not helpful when the U.S. Department of Transportation revised Highway Trust Fund projections to show that the highway account will remain solvent through May 2016.



From a pressure standpoint, it was not helpful when the U.S. Department of Transportation revised Highway Trust Fund projections to show that the highway account will remain solvent through May 2016. Photo: National Asphalt Pavement Association

The National Asphalt Pavement Association has been trying to influence Congress to enact a fully-funded, multi-year highway bill by October 29. With so few days left on the congressional calendar in September it will be difficult for Congress to address all these issues prior to the end of the fiscal year.

During the August recess, NAPA members engaged in an intensive, energized, and concerted lobbying effort to keep pressure on the House of Representatives to introduce and pass a fully-funded, multi-year highway bill when they return to office.

In addition, NAPA staff conducted meetings on Capitol Hill with committees of jurisdiction in an effort to keep the highway funding issue at the forefront of Congress' packed legislative agenda.

House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee leaders had plans to introduce its own version of the Senate passed DRIVE Act this week with a vote expected on the House floor the week of Sept. 28. Disagreements among committee members may push the introduction of a multi-year highway bill to later this month or early October.

House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) said if legislation is introduced in the coming weeks, it still would take several months to negotiate a final bill. Senate counterparts may raise the prospect of the House of Representatives enacting yet another short-term highway funding patch this fall. NAPA has prepared a one-page fact sheet on the legislative priorities in the highway bill that the Association is pursuing on behalf of the asphalt pavement industry.







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