Advocacy Archive

Advocacy Archive

House & Senate Come to Agreement on MAP-21 Extension Length
» House and Senate leaders came to an agreement May 11, 2015, on the length of a Highway Trust Fund patch. Reports are saying the House and Senate will look to pass an extension of MAP-21 that lasts until the end of the calendar year. Read ACT’s full statement here (PDF).

“ACT, its members, and the millions of commuters it represents are disappointed that Congress is unable to pass a long-term transportation bill that will deliver a smarter transportation system. However, we are grateful that Congress is taking steps to avoid going over a funding cliff by taking actions to pass a short-term patch. ACT calls on Congress to continue working toward a long-term bill and use the coming months to pass legislation that will make our transportation system smarter and more efficient.”

— ACT President Rob Henry

ACT Supports HR 1846 – Bridge to Sustainable Infrastructure Act
» Letter of support sent to Congress on April 17, 2015 (PDF)
» Download the bill here (PDF)

“The instability of federal transportation funding has had an impact on the ability of state and local governments to adequately manage, operate, and build their transportation networks. The Bridge to Sustainable Infrastructure Act would provide short-term certainty and a long-term path to sustainability. ACT believes that as Congress looks to solve the transportation funding quandary, it should use a solution that not only covers the current gap, but that also provides long-term solvency for the future.”

— ACT President Rob Henry

ACT Responds to Re-release of GROW AMERICA Act
President Obama re-released the GROW AMERICA Act on March 30, 2015. The proposal recommends $478 billion over the next six years, which would be dramatically higher than the current authorization.

“The GROW AMERICA Act represents progress in an effort to pass a long-term transportation bill. The proposal builds upon a foundation set by MAP-21 that focuses on providing funding for our critical infrastructure needs and promoting outcome based solutions.”

— ACT President Rob Henry

ACT members participated in a legislative fly-in March 23-25 in Washington, D.C., during which they called on Congress to pass a transportation bill that included policies for the 21st century. Those policies are outlined in ACT’s Transportation Reauthorization Platform (PDF).

» Remarks of Paul Balmer, Legislative Assistant to Rep. Earl Blumenauer, to ACT Public Policy Summit & Education Forum, March 23, 2015 (PDF)

» Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI) Introduces Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Safety Technology Investment Flexibility Act of 2015

» Bipartisan Coalition in House Introduces Commuter Benefit Parity Bill:

» Congress Releases FY 2015 Appropriations Bill:

» Congress Extends Expiring Tax Provisions, But Only Retroactively – Dec 2014:

» How to Pay for a Transportation Bill Still a Hot Topic – Jan 2, 2014 (PDF)

» USDOT Releases Second of Three Performance Metrics – Jan 7, 2014 (PDF)

» ACT Defends Telework in House Hearing – Dec 2014 (PDF)

  • Letter to USPTO (See Policy Positions below)