Budget Cuts

AEM recently joined over 40 national organizations, including state highway and transportation officials, in a letter calling on Congressional leadership to repeal a provision in the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act that would essentially claw back $7.6 billion in federal-aid highway contract authority. The FAST Act established historic levels of federal investment for the federal highway program and provided critical funding certainty for transportation officials and the industry over a five-year period. Prior to the FAST Act’s passage, federal transportation programs had typically been funded using on short-term extensions that left planning for future projects difficult and inconsistent.

However, the bill also contains a budget stunt that, if kept in place, could leave all 50 states and the District of Columbia short of the investment needed to keep transportation construction projects from moving forward. Repealing this rescission effort now will ensure that state transportation officials and industry partners can plan ahead for the next year with certainty and predictability.

You can read the letter here.

As Congress continues to work on appropriations for the coming fiscal year, AEM will continue to urge Congress to repeal this $7.6 billion spending cut before it takes effect next summer. AEM also continues to work towards the timely passage of another multi-year surface transportation bill, as the FAST Act is due to expire in 2020.

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