LAMB LEADS BIPARTISAN EFFORT TO FUND STATE DEPARTMENTS OF TRANSPORTATION
(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Representative Conor Lamb (PA-17), along with Representatives Bob Gibbs (OH-7), Salud Carbajal (CA-24) and John Katko (NY-24), led a bipartisan letter to House leadership advocating for additional funding for state Departments of Transportation (DOT) in the next infrastructure legislative package.
“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,” the lawmakers wrote.
“This funding can put people to work immediately, without delay,” said Lamb. “The COVID-19 pandemic has forced states to cancel or delay critical construction projects, including PennDOT projects across PA-17. Summer is our region’s most productive construction season, and Congress must act now to get states the money they need to get these critical infrastructure projects back on track and more western Pennsylvanians back to work.”
“The economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic have been uneven and unpredictable,” said Gibbs. “While most states have seen unexpectedly high sales tax revenues, the pandemic has disproportionately diminished fuel tax and toll road revenues. With so many states funding their transportation agencies through these revenues, we are looking at considerable shortfalls. As the nation is returning to normal, these revenue reductions are leaving important projects incomplete or unfunded. There is bipartisan consensus to address this specific and focused relief for state DOTs, which we encourage congressional leadership to address.”
“In California, the pandemic has dramatically reduced travel, which is projected to cost our state $1.5 billion through 2025. If we don’t act now to fill revenue shortfalls, the state will be forced to cancel upcoming transportation projects that would have benefited our communities and our economy,” said Carbajal. “Cancelled projects mean cancelled construction jobs and more delays on overdue repairs to our roads, bridges, and highways. At a time when many Americans are uncertain where their next paycheck will come from, I believe there is no better time to invest in our state transportation agencies than right now.”
The letter has been endorsed by the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA), the American Highway Users Alliance and the Highway Materials Group. In addition to Lamb, Gibbs, Carbajal and Katko, the bipartisan letter was signed by 43 Members.
Click here to view a copy of the Lamb letter.