Short-term Transportation Bill is Not Enough - Cities Need Long-Term Solutions

Washington, D.C. - The National League of Cities (NLC) encourages the House and Senate to pass a short-term extension for transportation funding and quickly put forth a long-term transportation program. Clarence Anthony, Executive Director of the National League of Cities, released the following statement:

"We appreciate Chairman Shuster's efforts and leadership in finding a short-term solution to prevent the Highway Trust Fund from becoming insolvent. It is imperative that the federal government continue to provide funding for ongoing and much-needed transportation infrastructure projects. It is also imperative that Congress quickly moves to pass a long-term solution that contributes to our nation's long-term economic growth and vitality.

"A long-term bill would provide much needed stability by providing longer time frames that allow for certainty in the planning process necessary for good projects that contribute to local economies. We understand the necessity for a short-term fix, but it is past time for the nation to have a real and robust, long-term plan for the nation's transportation systems.

"The federal government has a critical role to play in keeping America competitive in the global, 21st century economy."

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.