The American Concrete Pavement Association expressed its thanks and appreciation to the U.S. Senate for passing its two-year, $109 billion transportation bill (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century) by a vote of 74-22.
“We express our sincere thanks and deep appreciation to the Leadership of the U.S. Senate and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee,” says ACPA President & CEO Gerald F. Voigt, P.E. “In the final analysis, there were 74 Senators whose approval of this legislation signals an important step in creating jobs and meeting the critical needs of the nation’s surface transportation system.
“We thank Senate EPW Chair Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Minority Leader Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) for their leadership and vision, as well as for rallying bipartisan support to work through challenging issues at a very difficult time in our nation’s history.
“Through difficult economic times and unprecedented legislative challenges, the Senate has advanced this important and essential reauthorization legislation, which includes unprecedented reform and accountability measures; streamlines environmental reviews; and gives local agencies greater flexibility in leveraging private- and public-funding,” Voigt says.
“We recognize the challenges ahead, but have great confidence that U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio-08), working closely with Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.-07) and the rest of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee membership, will deliver a companion bill in the coming weeks in order to avoid the need for an eight extension of the surface transportation program at the end of March."