Highway Bill

Transportation Reauthorization (Highway Bill)

Issue Background

Addressing U.S. transportation challenges is key to economic growth and output, and the economy cannot get back on its feet if surface transportation networks cannot move goods efficiently. In July, President Obama signed into law, MAP 21, a 27-month, $105 billion transportation bill, bringing to an end a three-year battle over over-the-road infrastructure spending. Congress approved the bill late March, averting the loss of thousands of construction-related jobs nationally.

NASSTRAC Position

During the “Stand Up For Trucking” fly-in led by NASSTRAC in February 2012, NASSTRAC members encouraged members of Congress to support the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act, pro­posed by on Jan. 31 by Rep. John Mica (R-Fla. and Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee). The initiative failed and ultimately MAP-21 was enacted, but NASSTRAC continues to support the need for a multi-year high­way bill that reforms the program and focuses funding on critical freight corridors. NASSTRAC also encourages funding for highway infrastructure in the most efficient ways — through taxes on fuel, including diesel fuel, not tolls.

(Updated Dec. 1, 2012)