NWRA Supports Transportation Infrastructure Bill
Monday, July 29, 2019
Posted by: Brandon Wright
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 29, 2019
NWRA COMMENDS SENATE ENVIRONMENT & PUBLIC WORKS LEADERSHIP FOR INTRODUCTION OF TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE LEGISLATION
Arlington, VA – The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) applauds Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-Del.), Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee Chairman Shelley Moore-Capito (R-W.Va.) and Subcommittee Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) for their introduction of “America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act” (ATIA), a five-year (FY ’21-’25), $287 billion bipartisan surface transportation bill reauthorizing EPW’s portion of the FAST Act that is set to expire in September 2020. Committee markup is scheduled for July 30.
“Apart from the waste and recycling industry and the U.S. Postal Service, one would be hard pressed to name another industry that travels every road in America at least once a week every week,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith. “Nearly 200,000 miles of major highways require repairs and more than 47,000 bridges are deemed ‘structurally deficient,’ all of which impacts our industry’s ability to deliver its services that are essential to maintaining the quality of American life efficiently and in a timely manner. Introduction of this legislation is an important first step in addressing our nation’s transportation infrastructure needs.”
The bill also will authorize new programs to incentivize key priorities including safety, resiliency, and emission reductions. ATIA increases funding to the existing Highway Safety Improvement Program and supports state-led initiatives to lower driver and pedestrian fatalities.
“NWRA will advocate for safety provisions in the bill to support state ‘Move Over’ laws covering the waste and recycling industry,” Jim Riley, NWRA Vice President for Federal Affairs, said. “Members of Congress are increasingly aware of the danger our industry’s roadside workers face every day from careless and distracted drivers. This is a prime opportunity for Congress to make a statement and do something significant to help protect these hardworking men and women.”
The House of Representatives has yet to unveil reauthorization legislation and is in recess until Sept. 9. It is important to note that the previous two transportation infrastructure laws (MAP 21 and the FAST Act) both were initiated by the EPW Committee passing their portion of the bills first with other Senate and House committees following their lead.
The National Waste and Recycling Association represents the private sector waste and recycling services industry. Association members conduct business in all 50 states, and include companies that manage garbage, recycling and medical waste, equipment manufacturers and distributors, and a variety of other service providers. For more information about NWRA, please visit www.wasterecycling.org.
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