On March 14, the Senate approved its highway bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) (S.1813), 74-22, handing AED and its construction industry allies a major victory. Twenty-two Republicans joined a united Democratic caucus in support of the bill.
The legislation would fund surface transportation programs for two years at current levels (plus an adjustment for inflation). The bill would also streamline the project delivery process and make it more difficult todivert road money to projects with little transportation value.
“The Senate’s approval of a new highway bill is a step in the right direction. After more than two and a half years since the expiration of the nation’s last long-term surface transportation bill, equipment distributors are grateful to see concrete action to restore certainty to our transportation programs and construction markets,” said AED President and CEO Toby
“The Senate has offered a glimmer of hope to a construction industry plagued by Congress’ inability to provide certainty to federal transportation programs. MAP-21 maintains critical investment levels and will help create and sustain millions of jobs, while its sweeping program reforms will accelerate project delivery and enhance the private sector’s role in national infrastructure development.
“By passing MAP-21, senators recognized an important difference between wasteful government spending and critical investments to our transportation networks that will fuel economic growth. There is no better investment than improving our nation’s infrastructure. AED applauds Environment & Public Works Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer and Ranking Member Jim Inhofe, as well as Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell for putting partisan politics aside for the good of the American people,” Mack continued.
To see if your senators voted in favor of MAP-21, visit the Key Vote chart on AEDAction.org.