Graves chairs hearing on "Building a 21st Century Infrastructure"
ABOVE: Mr. McCarty, Congressman Graves, and Director McKenna.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Sam Graves led a hearing of the House Sub-Committee on Highways and Transit focused on “Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: Highways and Transit Stakeholders’ Perspectives.” The hearing was designed to get stakeholder input on what the current and future highways and transit needs are around the country and what can be done to make sure the Highway Trust Fund is sustainable so those needs can be met.
"A modern infrastructure means a strong America – an America that competes globally while supporting local and regional economic development, and creates jobs. Funding certainty is vital to planning and building infrastructure for the 21st Century," said Graves.
"Today's hearing was instructive, both in the innovative ideas being implemented around the country and the need to sustainably fund the Highway Trust Fund. Enacting a long-term solution for the Highway Trust Fund is a critical component to ensuring that we can address our infrastructure needs both in rural and urban communities.
Multiple stakeholders from Missouri testified including Missouri Department of Transportation Director Patrick McKenna who testified on behalf of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
"I want to thank Congressman Graves, for the opportunity to provide the Missouri and all State DOT perspective on transportation investment needs. His Sub Committee will play a vital role building a 21st century infrastructure system in America and it is an honor to represent the Missouri Department of Transportation and AASHTO at the hearing," said Director McKenna.
McKenna noted that any new infrastructure plan should focus on the needs of rural areas. He also said that the Highway Trust Fund must be secured through long term sustainable revenue solutions.
Associated Industries of Missouri President and CEO Ray McCarty also testified on behalf of the National Association of Manufacturers.
"Manufacturers believe federal leadership and funding are needed to address bottlenecks in both rural and metropolitan areas that will improve the system-wide movement of freight throughout this country. Addressing the long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund should be a pillar of a 21st Century Infrastructure Proposal," said McCarty.
McCarty went on to call for a reliable, user-based long term funding stream and noted that manufacturers rely on transit systems in rural Missouri just as much as they do in metropolitan areas.
Others testifying included representatives of the North America's Building Trades Unions, the Transportation Construction Coalition and Sound Transit.
You can watch the entire hearing here.
Watch Congressman Graves opening statement here.
Watch MODOT Director Patrick McKenna's testimony here.
Watch Associated Industries Executive Director Ray McCarty testimony here.