WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), released the following statement on the Congressional passage of a one-year extension of highway funding. The extension was included in the Continuing Resolution, which passed the Senate 84 to 10. The House of Representatives passed the legislation last week.
“A full one-year extension of highway funding provides states and communities the certainty required to plan for critical road and bridge projects,” said Barrasso. “I insisted this highway funding extension be included in any Continuing Resolution. The extension will give Congress more time to finish a long-term, bipartisan highway bill to rebuild our roads and bridges.
“In the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, we unanimously passed legislation that will fix our roads, grow our economy, protect the environment, and cut Washington red tape. That bill is ready to go. Congress should use America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act as a model as we work towards passing a long-term highway infrastructure bill.”
On July 30, 2019, the EPW Committee unanimously advanced S. 2302, America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019 (ATIA). 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.