House Transportation & Infrastructure Republicans Introduce STARTER Act
May 19, Representative Sam Graves (R-MO), Ranking Member for the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee, introduced the ‘Surface Transportation Advanced through Reform, Technology, and Efficient Review (STARTER) Act 2.0’. Ranking Member Graves is joined in original introduction by Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL), who serves as Ranking Member for the T&I Committee’s Highways and Transit Subcommittee, as well as other Committee Republicans.
The STARTER Act proposes $400 billion over 5 years for roads, bridges, and other “core” infrastructure. According to the section-by-section breakdown, the legislation would reauthorize the FAST Act, current law, with a 32% funding increase. In a press release, Ranking Member Graves states, “Our bill focuses on the core infrastructure that helps move people and goods through our communities every single day, cuts red tape that holds up project construction, and gets resources into the hands of our states and locals with as few strings attached as possible."
Soon, possibly May 26, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee may be marking up its surface transportation reauthorization bill. Legislative text has not yet been released by EPW. House T&I Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) is working on legislation to potentially be marked up around Memorial Day. In recent weeks, both Democrat and Republican members with jurisdiction over transportation and infrastructure related legislation have been meeting with President Biden, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo to discuss where agreement can be found for a future infrastructure package(s).
APWA Government Affairs has been meeting with Congressional offices for many months promoting and seeking support for the Association’s policy priorities for Surface Transportation Reauthorization, which are Funding, Streamlining, and Safety. The APWA Board of Directors approved these priorities in September 2019. Portions of APWA’s policy priority areas are receiving bipartisan support and APWA Government Affairs will continue to engage and support efforts to successfully complete a surface transportation bill this summer. Please contact Andrea Eales, Director of Government and Public Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-218-6730 for more information.