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Civil Engineers Praise House on Passage of Transportation Bill; Urge Congress to Pass Final Bill By November Deadline

November 5, 2015

The following is a statement by Mark W. Woodson, P.E., F.ASCE, president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, on the U.S. House of Representatives' bipartisan passage today of the Surface Transportation Re-authorization and Reform (STRR) Act of 2015:

"With the Highway Trust Fund set to expire on November 20, the American Society of Civil Engineers thanks House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member DeFazio (D-OR) for their bipartisan collaboration in passing a multi-year surface transportation reauthorization bill through the House.

"While the House-passed bill provides six years of stability for the nation's road, bridge, and transit programs, it falls short of increasing funding to levels that are adequate to properly maintain our infrastructure.  As ASCE's Failure to Act economic study illustrates, just maintaining the status quo will no longer suffice. Without an increase in funding, inadequate roads, bridges and transit will cost the average American family $1,060 a year through 2020 and ultimately lead to 876,000 jobs lost in 2020. 

"ASCE is disappointed that House leadership prevented a vote on raising the federal gas tax - a policy solution that would have provided long-term funding and certainty that states desperately need to move forward with their transportation projects.  ASCE believes that a robust, sustainable funding source such as the gas tax is necessary to grow and modernize our nation's transportation infrastructure.  

"We urge the House and Senate to quickly reconcile their legislative differences and agree on a multi-year bill with increased funding that President Obama can sign into law before the November 20 deadline."