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NAPA Making the Rounds on Capitol Hill
February 1, 2021 by NAPA Government Affairs
On the heels of releasing “ Build Back Better with Asphalt” to President Biden and his transition team, the NAPA government affairs team has been meeting with the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) and the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) to discuss NAPA’s legislative priorities for surface reauthorization. In addition to urging Congress to pass a long-term surface transportation authorization bill that increases highway funding and includes a permanent, dedicated, user-based revenue stream for the Highway Trust Fund, NAPA is urging Congress to support a road construction safety contingency fund and increase investments in asphalt pavement research while highlighting our commitment to greenhouse gas emissions reductions. The current surface reauthorization expires September 30. The Senate EPW Committee would like to start collecting committee members priorities and then Senators priorities of the committee. The process will likely start in early February with the hope to begin drafting in mid to late March. The House T&I Committee will likely use the “ Invest Act” as the baseline for their bill and release a draft late spring. NAPA President and CEO Audrey Copeland, along with other industry insiders, were interviewed by Engineering News-Record (ENR) on President Biden’s infrastructure priorities and the prospect for surface reauthorization this year. Click here to access the article. The NAPA government affairs team will continue to work with the Congress to ensure that asphalt pavement industry’s legislative priorities are included when surface reauthorization comes to the floor later this year. For more information, contact Ashley Jackson or Jay Hansen.
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