ATSSA joined the American Road & Transportation Builders Association ARTBA and 26 other groups asking leaders in the House and Senate to pass legislation that would amend the American Rescue Plan (ARP).
The groups sent a letter on Tuesday asking Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to act on legislation S. 3011 and H.R. 5735 that would give states and localities greater flexibility to use a larger portion of ARP funds needed for transportation projects.
“The American Rescue Plan (ARP) provided states and localities with $350 billion in relief funds and $10 billion in capital improvement assistance at a time of critical need. The COVID-19 pandemic ripped a gaping hole in the budgets of many state and local governments, making this assistance crucial as the nation’s economic recovery continues,” the letter states.
It goes on to explain that more than $100 billion remains unobligated and yet “the funds lack the flexibility necessary for states and localities to address ongoing transportation needs.”
The legislation, which unanimously passed in the Senate and has 150 co-sponsors in the House, would “not increase costs to the federal government or the deficit and does not mandate state or local governments change their plans or priorities,” the letter notes.
Congressional leaders are asked to add the legislation to the FY 2022 Omnibus Appropriations package.
Following is the list of groups that signed the letter.
American Road & Transportation Builders Association
National League of Cities
Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials