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Posted by Tasha Weiss on June 14, 2012 at 8:17 PM.
The current U.S. transportation bill, “Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users,” (SAFETEA-LU) has been extended nine times and is almost 1,000 days overdue. Signed into law in 2005, SAFETEA-LU guarantees funding for highways, highway safety, and public transportation totaling $244 billion, and represents the largest surface transportation investment in U.S. history.
While staff and leadership for the nearly 50-member House and Senate Transportation Reauthorization Conference Committee work towards an agreement on reauthorization legislation, the National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA) says there are major public concerns about the potential results of the conference process.
The steel bridge group says that among transportation reauthorization conferees are several newly elected freshman officials, many of whom have not had much experience dealing with transportation-related issues. Ultimately, partisan politics may be slowing the process down, and it is critical that the conference committee moves forward with a full transportation reauthorization bill.
NSBA strongly encourages the structural steel industry and the public to get involved and let your elected officials know how critical transportation funding is to your company, employees and families.
To take action, simply send a pre-written letter to your delegate, urging them to pass a bi-partisan transportation reauthorization bill that is currently set to expire on June 30, 2012. Act now by visiting www.aisc.org/action.