Greenbelt, Maryland — The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) President & CEO Audrey Copeland, Ph.D., P.E., released the following statement today after reviewing the FY2020 Transportation–Housing & Urban Development Appropriations Bill Conference Report (Division H of the Domestic Priorities and International Assistance Appropriations Minibus, H.R. 1865), which secures substantial federal funding for transportation investment.
“The Appropriations Minibus bill passed by the House today is welcome news for everyone who values the ability to move freely across America. By avoiding another continuing resolution and dedicating federal spending levels for roads, bridges, airfields, and other projects, states will have the means to boost public safety and ease the flow of goods and people across the nation.
“We are especially pleased to see $2.2 billion in funding for highway programs above what was authorized in the FAST Act, $3.75 billion in airport improvement program grants, and the dedication of $6 million to a new airfield pavement technology program. And it is all being done without any mandates that would hamper the ability of states to select the best materials for their projects.
“NAPA urges the Senate to move swiftly to approve this Minibus. With last month’s cancellation of the rescission of $7.6 billion in funding for state highway projects and the imminent completion of the FY2020 appropriations process, the cloud is lifting from next year’s construction season. States will have the certainty needed to move forward with necessary projects, and Congress can begin work on authorization of the next long-term surface transportation program.”