U.S. Chamber Statement on House Passage of Highway Trust Fund Legislation

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 12:30pm

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President for Government Affairs Bruce Josten today issued the following statement regarding House passage of  H.R. 5021, the “Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014”:

“The House took an important first step today in addressing the need to find a bipartisan solution for the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) shortfall. Passage of this bill is further evidence that members of both parties recognize that investment in our nation’s transportation and infrastructure systems is a necessary component of economic development, international development, and job creation. But we’re not out of the woods yet.

“We encourage the Senate to take similar action in the coming days to provide the funding immediately necessary to prevent disruption or delay of economically important transportation and infrastructure projects across the United States. And we strongly urge lawmakers in both chambers to then turn their attention toward developing and advancing a bipartisan, sustainable, and long-term solution to the HTF. A short-term fix is important, but it’s not a replacement for a long-term solution.

“The Chamber appreciates the efforts of those in Congress who continue to work toward a plan to maintain federal investment in our highways, public transportation, and highway safety; and we look forward to working with lawmakers in the House and the Senate on a long-lasting remedy.”

Today, the Chamber sent a Key Vote letter regarding the bill. The letter is available here.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.