Letter to FHWA Administrator Bhatt Regarding the "Policy on Using Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Resources to Build a Better America” Memorandum
Congratulations on your confirmation as Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). As you transition into this new role leading the agency, we respectfully request that you rescind the “Policy on Using Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Resources to Build a Better America” memorandum issued on December 16, 2021. We supported the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), because it represents the most significant infusion of investment in our infrastructure since the enactment of the Interstate Highway System in the mid-1950’s. It is also a carefully negotiated and balanced package of policy reforms and targeted national investments that will make Americans’ lives better. However, the Dec. 16 memo elicited significant confusion within the transportation community as the guidance intended to serve as an overarching policy framework that prioritizes IIJA resources towards certain projects, which was inconsistent with what was laid out under the legislation President Biden signed into law the month before.