On July 30, 2019, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) unanimously approved S. 2302, America's Transportation Infrastructure Act (ATIA), a $287 billion, five-year surface transportation reauthorization that will repair and maintain critical highways, roads, and bridges across America. Click here to view an in-depth summary of provisions that impact the asphalt pavement industry.
The overwhelming bipartisan support on the committee for the bill reinforces the critical role surface transportation programs play across all 50 states; however, ATIA has a long way to go before it becomes law. That's why we need you to tell Congress to take the next steps, including finding a way to pay for sorely needed investment in the nation's infrastructure. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated he will make time for S. 2302 to be considered by the full U.S. Senate when Congress returns in September, which means we must engage with Senators throughout August.
- The first thing to do is to tell Your Senators to Complete Action on ATIA and urge the House to introduce a surface transportation bill. Send both letters and share these links with your friends and network, asking them to send their own messages of support for action on a highway bill.
- Next, begin planning for more direct engagement. Visit NAPA's government affairs website and review the Asphalt Advocacy Handbook to learn how to be an effective advocate.The August Congressional recess is a time for Senators and Representatives to hear directly from people back home in their districts. Take advantage of the opportunity to hold an in-district meeting, a plant tour, or a job-site visit. While it is important to engage with every member of Congress, if you have a senator on the Finance Committee, it is especially important to urge them to make progress on improving and funding ATIA.
- It's also important for lawmakers to hear from people outside the industry who depend on good roads and safe highways. Engage your friends and social media networks with the #InfrastructureNow hashtag. The #InfrastructureNow social media campaign toolkit has tips and shareable content to help you.
- Finally, keep NAPA informed about your meetings and events so we can help follow up when lawmakers return to Washington.