ATSSA issues statement on proposed $1.3 trillion federal Omnibus bill
Highlights need for additional funding for roadway safety infrastructure
American Traffic Safety Services Association’s (ATSSA) Vice President of Government Relations Nate Smith has issued a statement following Congress’ passage of the $1.3 trillion federal Omnibus bill.
Within the spending bill, nearly $2 billion is set aside for additional transportation infrastructure investments; however, roadway safety infrastructure is not a part of that equation.
“Although we strongly support increased funding for transportation infrastructure projects, ATSSA is disappointed that roadway safety infrastructure did not play a central role in this package, as this vital component of our nation’s surface transportation program saves countless lives while creating good-paying jobs nationwide. While this spending bill does not reduce current roadway safety infrastructure spending, it also does not add additional funds for this crucial effort to eliminate serious injuries and fatalities on our nation’s roadways,” said Smith.
“Congress must address this within the FY 2019 appropriations process, and ATSSA members are looking forward to having that conversation with members of Congress in the coming weeks. Our nation’s commitment to roadway safety hangs in the balance, having a real and serious impact on both roadway users and roadway workers across the United States,” said Smith. “It’s our goal that every man, woman and child who leaves their house each day, returns back home safely each night. Quite simply, they must arrive alive.”