The Transportation Construction Coalition 2012 Legislative Fly-In gets underway this week in Washington, D.C. Transportation construction industry leaders from all around the United States will unite on Capitol Hill with an important mission. They will tell our elected officials that the Transportation Bill can do more to immediately create jobs and boost U.S. competitiveness than any other single piece of legislation now before Congress.
On Wednesday, May 30, TCC briefings will advise attendees about the legislative climate and information packets will be prepared for members of Congress. Then on Thursday, May 31, attendees will meet with members of Congress to deliver this year’s key message – “Make Transportation Job #1.”
It’s clear that now is the time to demand action. The highway and transportation authorization program expired in 2009 and has operated on short term extensions ever since. And although a bi-partisan committee has been working hard to reach compromise between the House and Senate versions of transportation reauthorization legislation, time is short as the current program extension expires on June 30.
“Kicking the can down the road” once again is not a viable option. Reduced Federal investment undermines state and local transportation programs, debilitates the construction industry and threatens national economic growth. America can do better, and visiting with our legislators is an important part of the process.
Best wishes to all attending the Legislative Fly-In! It is sure to be time well spent and an exciting couple of days.