WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), said the Senate stands ready to pass America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act, following President Trump’s call to pass the bipartisan legislation during his State of the Union address. Barrasso delivered the following remarks at the state of a committee hearing.
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Senator Barrasso’s remarks:
“Last night, President Trump called on Congress to pass America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act.
“He said, ‘We must also rebuild America's infrastructure.’
“He then asked Congress to pass America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act – ‘to invest in new roads, bridges, and tunnels across our land.’
“The Senate is ready to answer the president’s call.
“This bipartisan legislation passed our committee unanimously, by a vote of 21 to nothing.
“America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act is the most substantial highway infrastructure legislation in history.
“It will help fix our roads, help speed up project delivery, help protect the environment, and help grow America’s economy.
“I specifically want to thank Ranking Member Carper and Subcommittee Chair and Ranking Member Capito and Cardin for their participation and leadership on this legislation, and all of the sponsors of this bill for their hard work and Senator Inhofe for his leadership in this area over the years.
“I look forward to sending it to President Trump’s desk for his signature.”
On July 30, 2019, the EPW Committee unanimously advanced S. 2302, America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019. The bill authorizes $287 billion over five years, including $259 billion for formula programs to maintain and repair America’s roads and bridges. ATIA includes provisions to codify key elements of President Trump’s “One Federal Decision” policy to streamline project delivery and federal approvals. The legislation also includes provisions to improve road safety, protect the environment, and grow the economy.