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Senator Jim Inhofe presented Guardian Award from transportation coalition (PRESS RELEASE)

Senator Jim Inhofe presented Guardian Award from transportation coalition (PRESS RELEASE)

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, October 30, 2015 – Transportation Revenues Used Strictly For Transportation (TRUST), an advocacy group dedicated to funding and restoring Oklahoma’s infrastructure, presented its fifth annual Guardian of Transportation award to Oklahoma U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Tulsa) today during its annual Transportation Innovation Banquet held at the Jim Thorpe Sports Museum and Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. Senator Inhofe, chairman of the Senate Environment & Public Work Committee and co-sponsor of the DRIVE Act, was scheduled to deliver the banquet’s keynote address but Senate business late Thursday and early this morning in Washington D.C. prevented him from attending the luncheon event. TRUST president Neal McCaleb, former secretary of transportation and director of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, said the award is presented annually to an individual that exemplifies excellence in all areas of the transportation industry.

“Each year there are numerous deserving recipients of this award who have led the charge to place transportation where it should be, as a core priority of state and federal government, and Senator Inhofe is certainly at the top of the list,” McCaleb said. “Senator Inhofe’s commitment to improving Oklahoma’s and the nation’s transportation infrastructure is well documented and his dedication to that cause makes him a very deserving honoree. Senator Inhofe believes that without a modern and safe highway and bridge infrastructure system, Oklahoma and the United States simply will not flourish economically. Furthermore, he has been an outspoken supporter of the mission of TRUST which is to ensure transportation revenues are used strictly for transportation purposes. It is an honor for TRUST to present our Guardian of Transportation award to Senator Inhofe.”

Senator Inhofe commented, “It is an honor to receive the Guardian of Transportationaward from TRUST.” “This award wouldn’t be possible without the strong support of Oklahomans who understand the importance of the federal and state governmentspartnering together to advance our nation’s surface infrastructure. Oklahoma is a standard bearer for President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s vision of a highway system that provides for our national security and serves as a foundation to a prosperous economy. In crafting transportation policy over the past two decades, I’ve carried the convictions of Oklahomans. In my most recent highway bill, the DRIVE Act, we were able to successfully ensure Oklahoma’s gas taxes continue to be spent on Oklahoma’s roads and bridges. The DRIVE Act will also further cut red tape in order to accelerate project delivery and will give the state more flexibility and certainty to start long-awaited, economy-boosting highway projects. Congress is on the cusp of sending this six-year highway bill to the president’s desk, and I look forward to soon celebrating with Oklahomans who helped to make the DRIVE Act a success.”

A capacity crowd of TRUST members, transportation officials and advocates, state legislators and elected officials attended the banquet to learn more about the DRIVE Act, the state of the nation’s transportation infrastructure system, the financial condition of the Highway Trust Fund and the critical need for Congress to continue to pass long-term reauthorizations of federal surface transportation programs.

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TRUST is an advocacy group dedicated to restoring Oklahoma’s transportation infrastructure. We are committed to creating a culture within Oklahoma government that values and adequately funds transportation as a core priority. Since 2005 TRUST has grown into a diverse coalition of statewide organizations representing banking, energy, agri-business, construction, chambers of commerce, public safety, transportation and concerned citizens. To learn more please visit www.restoreTRUST.org.

Contacts: John Cox, TRUST communications director, 405.255.8117, jdcox@cox.net

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