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AFS Member Speaks to Senate Committee on MAP-21 Reauthorization

March 2, 2015

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing, “The Importance of MAP-21 Reauthorization: Perspectives from Owners, Operators, and Users of the System,” on Wednesday, Feb. 25, regarding the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). 

MAP-21 was signed into law in 2012 to provide funds to grow and develop the country’s transportation infrastructure. It was set to expire in September 2014 but Congress extended funding until May 31. This funding could continue if another extension bill or replacement bill is introduced and passed. 

The purpose of the hearing was to examine the link between a long-term federal surface transportation bill and economic productivity and the importance of partnering with states to maintain, modernize and expand infrastructure to ensure a reliable national surface transportation network. 

Tom Riordan, CEO of AFS Corporate Member Neenah Enterprises and chairman of the National Association of Manufacturing’s Small and Medium Manufacturers Group, testified on the harmful economic impact of increased traffic. “Congestion is really a hidden tax and an increasing drag on American competitiveness,” he said in the hearing. Riordan also pointed out the problem is raising costs by about 1% annually across the U.S.

To watch the archived hearing and review the testimony, click here.