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NAPA Supports Canceling of Highway Funding Rescission in Latest Continuing Resolution

The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) President & CEO Audrey Copeland, Ph.D., P.E., released the following statement today, welcoming word that the continuing resolution to keep the government operating through December 20 will also cancel the planned rescission of $7.6 billion in infrastructure project funding during 2020.

 

"NAPA is pleased Congress is moving forward to cancel the rescission of $7.6 billion in funding for state highway projects across the nation. While the plan for these cuts was a necessary budgeting tool to get the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act passed in 2015, in practice they hamper the ability of states to build and maintain the infrastructure drivers need.

"By cancelling the rescission as part of this week’s Continuing Resolution, Congress will both keep the government open and keep state highway programs on track. NAPA urges all members of Congress to pass the CR to ensure no disruption in highway investment.

"This is a positive step, but it only addresses short-term needs. NAPA urges Congress to move forward with full reauthorization of the nation’s surface transportation programs. The Senate has before it America's Transportation Infrastructure Act, but it lacks a robust funding source. To ensure American infrastructure meets the needs of today and the future, Congress has to make passage of a robustly funded, long-term surface transportation program a priority."