WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), today called a letter signed by more than 1,000 organizations in support of legislation to rebuild the nation's transportation systems "historic in its breadth and width."

Organizations, businesses, coalitions and other groups from all 50 states sent a letter to Senator Boxer and other Members of Congress urging quick action on a strong surface transportation bill before the current extension expires on March 31. Senator Boxer worked with Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), EPW Committee's Ranking Member, to develop a bipartisan proposal, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), which would reauthorize surface transportation programs for two years at current funding levels.

Senator Boxer said: "Now is the time to act to save 1.8 million jobs and create up to one million more jobs. There is no excuse to delay further, especially when the transportation authorization expires on March 31. As Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, I call on every Senator to work across party lines to find the necessary funds to move forward on this critical jobs bill."

MAP-21 passed unanimously through the EPW Committee on November 9, 2011, and is currently awaiting consideration by the full Senate.

Click here to view the letter.