WASHINGTON—Two leading transportation advocacy organizations are collaborating on a radio advertising campaign urging Congress to find a permanent solution to replenishing the Highway Trust Fund.
The American Road & Transportation Builders Association and the American Public Transportation Association are running 30-second spots in states and districts represented by 10 members of the Republican and Democratic leadership in both the House and Senate, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
The ARTBA-APTA radio ads urge Congress to agree on a sustainable, long-term funding source for the Highway Trust Fund. The ads are timed to coincide with the May 31 deadline for Congress to approve a transportation funding bill to succeed the $10.8 billion stopgap bill passed last summer.
“With just weeks to go, congressional leaders have still not reached agreement on a course of action,” ARTBA and APTA said in a joint news release. “The continued uncertainty is causing states to delay or cancel transportation improvement projects.”