Washington, D.C.—Thursday evening Congress gave final approval to a bipartisan compromise on the long-awaited Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.
Curt Bramble, president of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and the President Pro Tem of the Utah Senate was pleased with congressional approval of the bipartisan agreement and had the following statement:
“We applaud congressional leaders coming together on the FAST Act which ensures the predictability and funding needed to support our nation’s surface transportation infrastructure systems,” Bramble said. “We were extremely pleased to see the final agreement include a new state-based pilot program aimed at exploring user based funding alternatives. This program provides the necessary assistance for states to explore how they can best deliver sufficient funding for our nation’s surface transportation infrastructure systems as vehicles become ever more fuel efficient.
“We are especially appreciative of the work of both House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Penn.) and ranking member Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and ranking member Barbara Boxer (D-Calif).”
NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.