August 27, 2015 1:00 PM, EDT

Transportation Group Comes Out With Radio Ad Campaign Targeting Highway Funding

Ryan by Jay Mallin/Bloomberg News

A group representing key transportation stakeholders has launched a radio ad campaign to press federal lawmakers to advance a long-term highway bill this fall.

The Transportation Construction Coalition has sponsored 30-second ads that will run for two weeks in the congressional districts of key members of the transportation and tax policy committees in the House. Lawmakers are scheduled to return to Washington, D.C., after Labor Day.

“About 55% of Wisconsin’s annual capital investment in highways and bridges depends on federal funding. But Congress has not yet passed a long-term highway bill. That puts our funding at risk and hurts our state’s ability to plan mobility and safety improvements. Tell Rep. Paul Ryan it’s time for the House of Representatives to get a long-term highway bill passed now. Wisconsin depends on it,” says the ad targeting Ryan, chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means panel.

Other lawmakers targeted include Republican Reps. Kristi Noem of South Dakota, and Blake Farenthold and Kevin Brady of Texas.

House GOP leaders have indicated they plan to put together this fall a multiyear highway bill designed to boost funding for highway programs. Just prior to the August recess, the Senate advanced a six-year highway bill.