The National Stone Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) reports that President Obama signed a surface-transportation legislation extension that will keep the federal highway program operating, and provide some certainty for the 2011 construction season. The legislation previously passed both the House and Senate.
Congress now can begin work in earnest on a multi-year reauthorization bill. Passage of a longer extension is essential for states to continue funding of projects and for business planning and resource allocation, particularly when the construction sector has an unemployment level twice the national average.
Both Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) have committed themselves publicly to drafting and passing a new multi-year surface transportation bill through their respective chambers by the start of the August recess.
NSSGA and its Transportation Construction Coalition and American for Transportation Mobility coalition partners continue to meet with members of Congress, especially the freshman class, to stress the importance of passing a robust, long-term reauthorization bill – one with increased transportation infrastructure investment necessary to meet the needs of the nation.