Please attribute the following statement on the “Republican Roadmap, A Framework to Improve the Nation’s Infrastructure” to American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) President and CEO Dave Bauer:
“President Joe Biden jumpstarted the transportation infrastructure debate with the release of his American Jobs Plan.
“Today’s proposal from Senate Republicans illustrates the desire to address the nation’s mobility and economic competitiveness challenges is broad-based and real.
“A wide-ranging federal infrastructure renewal initiative is much needed and long overdue.
“Recent history with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, however, demonstrates the necessity of reauthorizing the core surface transportation programs as a foundational element of any final plan.
“The expiration of more than $50 billion in federal highway and public transportation funding in five months underscores the relevance of this lesson.
“While an exchange of principles is a necessary step, these priorities must be accompanied by a will to deliver results that benefits all Americans.”