Highway funding action hot of late: Foxx tells Congress to hell with politics; Lawmakers readying proposals
Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx pleaded with members of the Senate this week to discontinue the trend of short-term highway funding patches in favor of long-term bills as a means to restore trust among state and local governments and to give U.S. roadways the funding they need.
His remarks came at a hearing by the Senate’s Environmental and Public Works committee held Wednesday, where committee members took testimony on highway funding.
“To hell with politics,” he said. “In order for the system to be as good as the American people, we must do something dramatic.”
Foxx’s push was part of a flurry of highway funding activity this week, with all roads leading to the May 31 deadline of the latest highway funding patch — a 10-month extension of 2012’s MAP-21 that Congress passed when attempts at longer bills failed.
ATA, in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce and AAA, also this week sent a letter to Congress urging them to increase fuel taxes to better fund U.S. infrastructure.