SOURCE: AEM | December 2, 2019
AEM played a key role in urging Congress to repeal a $7.6 billion rescission of state highway contract authority this week, a rescission originally included in the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act to reduce the bill’s overall price tag. Over the past several months, AEM has joined dozens of national organizations and coalitions on four separate letters to leadership in the U.S. Senate and House about this issue, activated its I Make America grassroots network, and directly discussed the issue with members of Congress and staff. The repeal was passed as part of a stopgap continuing resolution to keep federal agencies operating through December 20.
As AEM often reminds federal lawmakers, states require funding certainty to be able to plan ahead with transportation projects. The threat alone of this rescission has undermined that certainty as states continue to address the $836 billion backlog of highway and bridge needs in the U.S. If allowed to go into effect, states like Wisconsin would have seen a $217 million decrease in highway funds. The rescission would have also impacted nearly 100,000 direct and indirect employment opportunities.
AEM will continue to support efforts that protect critical funding for federal surface transportation programs as reauthorization efforts progress around the next highway bill.
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