LAMB INTRODUCES BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO FUND STATE DEPARTMENTS OF TRANSPORTATION
(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Representative Conor Lamb (PA-17), along with Representatives Bob Gibbs (OH-7) and Salud Carbajal (CA-24) introduced the bipartisan Providing Assistance for Vital Enhancements (PAVE) Act, legislation to authorize an additional $18 billion in emergency funding for state Departments of Transportation (DOT).
"Too many critical infrastructure projects in Pennsylvania have been delayed or cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic," said Lamb. "Congress must act now to ensure these stalled transportation projects can get back on track and keep workers on the job."
"The coronavirus pandemic severely reduced revenue streams for state transportation agencies, showing a clear need to support funding gaps for what everyone can agree is truly essential infrastructure. Because states fund their transportation agencies through fuel taxes and tolls, the funding shortage has disproportionately affected those agencies. Now that we are returning to normal, and surface transportation traffic is returning to pre-coronavirus levels, it is important we address this gap. The PAVE Act ensures important projects are completed with fewer delays, keeps our major roadways safe, and workers on the job," said Gibbs.
The PAVE Act is endorsed by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA), the American Highway Users Alliance and the Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania (CAWP).
In April, Lamb led a bipartisan letter along with Gibbs and Carbajal to House leadership advocating for this additional funding. In the letter, the lawmakers wrote, "As Congress considers comprehensive infrastructure legislation in the months ahead, we urge you to include additional dedicated funding for state Departments of Transportation (DOTs). According to the most recent data from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), state DOTs will face a $28 billion budget shortfall from FY2020-2024 due to the pandemic. We are pleased that the end-of-year omnibus bill (H.R. 133) included a critical $10 billion down payment in relief for state DOTs and urge you to provide the additional $18 billion needed."
Visit Lamb's website to learn more about the PAVE Act.