ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Trucking Associations (ATA) is calling on President Trump and Congressional leaders to move forward on plans they disclosed this week to craft a $2 trillion infrastructure spending bill.
The ATA's call-out came after Mr. Trump met April 30 with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to discuss an infrastructure measure. While the parties announced an agreement in principle on the measure, they did not offer anything concrete as to how it would be funded.
"Building (the) infrastructure of America has never been a partisan issue and we hope to go forward in a very nonpartisan way for the future," Ms. Pelosi told reporters. Mr. Schumer added the measure would address surface transportation issues as well as explore ways to expand access to broadband.
"When these leaders reconvene in three weeks," ATA President and CEO Chris Spear said, "we call on President Trump and Congress to demonstrate the kind of courage that Presidents Reagan and Clinton once did and advance an infrastructure bill with real increases in revenue — the kind of immediate funding that can only come from increasing the fuel tax."
Mr. Spear noted that Americans are wasting billions of dollars and millions of hours stuck in traffic because there has not been the necessary investment and maintenance of the nation's roads and bridges.