Email Your Representative to Oppose the Highway and Transportation Funding Act (H.R. 5021)
On Tuesday, the House is scheduled to vote on the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 (H.R. 5021). Introduced by Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), the bill would inject $10.8 billion into the federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF), marking the fifth bailout of the HTF since 2008. The bill would offset the additional spending over the next decade through a series of revenue raisers, budget gimmicks and budget transfers. It would also extend existing surface transportation programs until May 30, 2015.
Excessive spending levels set by highway bills enacted in recent years, and many spending diversions to non-road, non-bridge activities, have put the HTF on an unsustainable path.
An inability to control spending combined with costly regulations that inflate the cost of projects has rendered the HTF model functionally obsolete. With each bailout, the link between highway spending and gas taxes is degraded, making it increasingly difficult to enact structural reforms that turn over the federal highway and transit programs to the states, so they can manage their transportation needs without Washington bureaucrats.
Use the POPVOX form below to email your Representative to oppose this bailout of the Highway and Transportation Funding Act (H.R. 5021):