Congress urged to pass transportation funding legislation

The US Congress needs to ensure it passes a comprehensive package of funding to avoid disruption and to enable the continued successful rollout of infrastructure under the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act, a lobby group has said.

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The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has written to the leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives, calling for passage “as soon as is practicable” of fiscal year 2024 transportation appropriations bills.

Pointing out that the organization and its membership is “working tirelessly to implement and deliver on the promise” of the IIJA, the letter “strongly urge[s] expeditious passage of a full-year Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) appropriations bill”.

“As we have experienced in the past, disruptions from a lapse in appropriations or a series of short-term CRs [Continuing Resolutions] will impede the ability of state DOTs to translate Congressional mandates and funding in the IIJA into tangible surface transportation programs and projects,” the letter warned.

“In addition, such disruptions prevent states and local governments from being able to strategically invest IIJA dollars throughout the full federal fiscal year.”