American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA)

ARTBA President Weighs in on Final Senate Passage of Highway Trust Fund Patch

The following statement was issued by Petee Ruane, president and CEO, American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) in regards to passage of Highway Trust Fund legislation in the Senate:

“We commend the House and Senate for preserving the continuity of federal highway and transit funding to the states with a short-term revenue patch. That, no doubt, temporarily saved many Americans their jobs. We want to be clear, however, that we find no reason for anyone to celebrate what amounts to a last minute first down pass.

“It is incumbent on the Congress to now focus full-bore on the end zone — enacting a long-term, sustainable revenue solution for the Highway Trust Fund before the end of this year.  That will allow the Congress to then focus on developing and passing a long-term surface transportation program reauthorization bill before the eight-month May extension deadline that was just set expires. There is no reason why a funding solution needs to wait for a reauthorization bill. That’s putting the cart before the horse.

“Otherwise, we’ll no doubt see a repeat of this same process next spring with yet another package of budget gimmicks while the 2015 construction season hangs in the balance.

“Americans deserve better than this on a core responsibility of the federal government.”