In a recent speech, President Barack Obama indicated he plans to fund highway and bridge repair and rehabilitation as a way to increase jobs. He has called for this to be implemented legislatively through a six-year highway bill. Representative John Mica (FL), chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, has indicated his willingness to consider a short-term reauthorization of the current highway bill. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has approved a bill to extend Federal-aid highway programs (S. 1525).
The president is not the only one to use the Labor Day holiday as an opportunity to call for infrastructure investment with an eye for increasing jobs. The American Institute of Architects and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) released a joint statement calling for investment in a variety of infrastructure. AGC, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, and the American Road and Transportation Builders Association called specifically for a six-year transportation bill.
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