Nearly three dozen national associations and labor unions of the Transportation Construction Coalition will meet with members of Congress and their staffs next month to call for long-term, sustainable funding for infrastructure projects around the country.
The coalition scheduled its annual “fly-in” meeting in Washington, D.C., for May 15-16. The group will put on a legislative session and reception on Capitol Hill on May 15. The following day, attendees will visit with lawmakers and their staffs.
The coalition includes the American Road and Transportation Builders Association and it advocates for a long-term fix to the Highway Trust Fund, which assists states with infrastructure maintenance and building projects. The account’s funding authority expires in less than three years.
Last year, the leaders of the congressional transportation panels addressed the coalition in Washington. The coalition and a consortium of stakeholders continue to urge federal lawmakers to ensure long-term funding for big-ticket transportation projects. Some projects may be delayed due to funding uncertainty.
“This year could be one of the most consequential in decades for transportation design and construction professionals as the Trump administration and Congress are poised to act on a major infrastructure package and permanent revenue solution for the ailing Highway Trust Fund,” said Matt Cummings, executive vice president at AECOM and chairman of ARTBA.
While the White House unveiled a $200 billion infrastructure proposal in February, President Donald Trump recently indicated Congress would be more likely to take up the proposal after the November midterm elections.