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Sam Graves Sends Highway Trust Fund Letter with Majority of House, GOP Support

Jun 12, 2017
Press Release
Highway Subcommittee Chairman calls for long-term fix to HTF

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves today sent their letter calling for a long-term fix to the Highway Trust Fund to Ways & Means Chairman Kevin Brady. Graves, the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Highways & Transit, generated support from over 250 members of Congress in the bipartisan letter, including from 119 Republicans.

“The president has made rebuilding our transportation network a priority, and rightfully so,” Graves said. “But, instead of thinking a one-time, trillion dollar investment would solve our long-term infrastructure problems, my focus is on making sure we’re being responsible in how we plan for and fund projects in the future.”

Although Graves’ subcommittee is responsible for overseeing highway policy in the House, the Ways & Means Committee has jurisdiction over its funding component. But with the future of America’s surface transportation network relying on HTF solvency, Graves has made developing a long-term fix to the trust fund a central priority.

“The best thing we can do for this country’s transportation infrastructure is bring long-term certainty to the Highway Trust Fund,” Graves continued. “What we need is a modern, sustainable system that keeps revenues flowing so states are able to invest in projects as they come up, not once it’s too late.

“As Washington focuses in on tax and infrastructure reform, we have the perfect opportunity to fix the HTF. The overwhelming support generated on this letter is a critical step in this process, and I look forward to continuing these discussions with Chairman Brady and the rest of his committee."