APWA Commends Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Introduction of Six-Year Transportation Reauthorization DRIVE Act

June 30, 2015
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WASHINGTON D.C. – The American Public Works Association (APWA) commends the bipartisan leadership of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Ranking Member Barbara Boxer (D-CA), who yesterday introduced a six-year transportation reauthorization bill. The legislation, titled the DRIVE Act (Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy) would reauthorize federal-aid highway and transit programs though fiscal year 2021, and proposes a 3 percent annual increase in funding levels over MAP-21, (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act), the previous transportation reauthorization bill.

“APWA commends the Senate EPW Committee for moving forward and marking up S. 1647, the DRIVE Act, as a first step in the process towards addressing our country’s long-term transportation infrastructure funding needs” said APWA Director of Government Affairs, Andrea Eales. “This bill provides a serious starting point for Congressional consideration and discussion of funding and program solutions and the DRIVE Act would give state and local governments the long-term certainty and stability needed to do their important work of building, maintaining and operating our nation’s transportation infrastructure,” Eales said.

WASHINGTON D.C. – The American Public Works Association (APWA) commends the bipartisan leadership of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Ranking Member Barbara Boxer (D-CA), who yesterday introduced a six-year transportation reauthorization bill. The legislation, titled the DRIVE Act (Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy) would reauthorize federal-aid highway and transit programs though fiscal year 2021, and proposes a 3 percent annual increase in funding levels over MAP-21, (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act), the previous transportation reauthorization bill. “APWA commends the Senate EPW Committee for moving forward and marking up S. 1647, the DRIVE Act, as a first step in the process towards addressing our country’s long-term transportation infrastructure funding needs” said APWA Director of Government Affairs, Andrea Eales. “This bill provides a serious starting point for Congressional consideration and discussion of funding and program solutions and the DRIVE Act would give state and local governments the long-term certainty and stability needed to do their important work of building, maintaining and operating our nation’s transportation infrastructure,” Eales said. [text_ad] The DRIVE Act is an authorizing bill, and does not address how to fund the highway and transit programs. The Senate Finance Committee has jurisdiction over highway funding in the Senate. For more information about APWA, visit the website at www.apwa.net. For media queries, contact APWA Media Relations/Communications Manager, Laura Bynum, M.A. at [email protected], or by phone at: 202.218.6736. About APWA The American Public Works Association (www.apwa.net) is a not-for-profit, international organization of more than 28,500 members involved in the field of public works. APWA serves its members by promoting professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy and the exchange of knowledge. APWA is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, has an office in Washington, D.C. and 63 chapters in North America.

The DRIVE Act is an authorizing bill, and does not address how to fund the highway and transit programs. The Senate Finance Committee has jurisdiction over highway funding in the Senate.

For more information about APWA, visit the website at www.apwa.net. For media queries, contact APWA Media Relations/Communications Manager, Laura Bynum, M.A. at [email protected], or by phone at: 202.218.6736.

About APWA

The American Public Works Association (www.apwa.net) is a not-for-profit, international organization of more than 28,500 members involved in the field of public works. APWA serves its members by promoting professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy and the exchange of knowledge. APWA is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, has an office in Washington, D.C. and 63 chapters in North America.