The U.S. House of Representatives soundly defeated a motion to instruct House members of the surface transportation reauthorization conference committee to insist on provisions to limit funding from the Highway Trust Fund to $37.5 billion in FY’13, a move that would have resulted in cuts of up to 30 percent in federal highways, transit and safety programs. The non-binding motion, introduced and spearheaded by Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), failed 82 to 323, with all Democrats joining 145 Republicans in voting “no.”
The motion was supported by various conservative groups and organizations, including the Heritage Action for America, the political arm of the Heritage Foundation. On June 5, the Americans for Transportation Mobility Coalition, of which The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) is a member, sent a letter to all members of the House urging opposition to the motion.
NSSGA said it is pleased to see this motion so roundly rejected by the U.S. House of Representatives. Investment in the nation’s infrastructure is essential to economic growth – it is the foundation of the American economy. To cut this vital funding would be devastating to states across the nation that have no way to make up the difference, and would further delay projects and incur increased costs in the long run.