September 10, 2020
Groups representing nearly every aspect of the country’s infrastructure networks recently called on congressional leaders to approve a yearlong extension of a soon-to-expire highway law. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, and the American Society of Civil Engineers are among dozens of stakeholders pressing for an authorizing extension of the five-year 2015 FAST Act, which expires Sept. 30. In addition to the extension, the groups asked the leadership on Capitol Hill to approve more than $30 billion in emergency funding for both state departments of transportation and public transit agencies, as well as guarantee the solvency of a federal highway funding account during the extension. The account, known as the Highway Trust Fund, relies on dwindling revenue from fuel taxes.
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