Chairman John Barasso, R-Wyo., and Ranking Member Tom Carper, D-Del, of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (E&PW), sent a letter to senate leadership asking the majority and minority leaders to consider repealing a provision of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act). On May 9, 2019, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee sent a similar letter to house leadership.
The letter states that progress is being made on a bipartisan surface transportation bill. Before that legislation can be signed into law, Section 1438 of the Fast Act, which rescinds $7.6 billion in Federal-aid Highway Program contract authority on July 1, 2020, needs to be addressed. The letter asks senate leadership to consider repealing Section 1438 because, “If it stands, the rescission would impact every state’s ability to plan, build and repair needed roads and bridges that are vital to American Communities.”