Cities Can’t Afford Inaction on Transportation; Congress Must Act Now

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

"We applaud the Senate for passing a stop-gap measure to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent and challenging Congress to pass a long-term fix this year. We urge both houses to come to a final agreement soon so they can begin work on a comprehensive, multimodal surface transportation bill that will support jobs, boost economic development and update our nation's infrastructure.

"As Congress debates a long-term bill, it must replace the current outmoded program that fails to give cities the resources and latitude to meet their communities' needs. Local leaders must be given the ability to decide the transportation projects that meet the needs of their communities. Local decision-making and accountability means that cities can provide the transportation projects that are best for their residents."

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.