FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Cities Applaud Congress for Extending Highway Trust Fund, Preventing Crisis

July 31, 2014

Washington, D.C. - Following the passage of the "Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014" (S. 5021) earlier tonight, National League of Cities Executive Director Clarence Anthony issued the following statement:

"Cities and towns across America are pleased that Congress worked together to pass an extension to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent. This action will prevent cities from being forced to stop critical transportation projects from going forward, and will allow Congress to continue working on a long-term, comprehensive bill that will create jobs, drive growth and help cities and towns compete in the global marketplace.

"Any long-term surface transportation bill must provide local leaders with the ability to help decide which projects are right to meet the needs of their communities. With the clock ticking, Congress must move swiftly to fund the critical infrastructure our nation depends upon."

The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans. www.nlc.org

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