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NUCA Opposes Proposed Federal Gas Tax Suspension

The President

The White House

Washington, D.C. 20515


Dear Mr. President:


The Americans for Transportation Mobility (ATM) coalition and the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) opposes any and all efforts to undermine recent and historic infrastructure investments, including suspending federal and state motor fuel user fees, commonly known as “gas taxes.”


American consumers are facing significant economic anxieties brought about by record inflation, continuing supply chain issues, high energy prices, labor shortages, and continued concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. These stiff economic headwinds demand your administration’s full attention and prompt action but suspending the gas tax would not have a meaningful impact on addressing these challenges.


Doing so, however, would very likely hurt efforts to improve the safety and condition of our roadways, bridges, and transit systems. It would also undermine efforts to create jobs and realize the once-in-a-generation investments in our nation’s infrastructure by the historic and Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).


Gas tax revenues are fundamental to the solvency of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), which helps fund these critical transportation programs. Support for a gas tax holiday risks undermining funding for these efforts, which is essential for our economy’s long-term, sustained growth. The decline in revenues to the HTF also jeopardize the certainty necessary for our state and local partners to plan long-term projects and the association hiring and equipment purchasing required.


Your administration must continue the march towards full implementation of IIJA policies and investments. This is necessary for America’s long term economic health and competitiveness. As you consider options for addressing global inflationary pressures, it is critical that we do not inadvertently undermine our mutual goal of rebuilding our infrastructure systems and networks to remain competitive in a 21st century global marketplace.


Sincerely,


American Coal Ash Association

American Concrete Pavement Association

American Concrete Pipe Association

American Council of Engineering Companies

American Institute of Steel Construction

American Iron and Steel Institute

American Public Transportation Association

American Road & Transportation Builders Association

American Society of Civil Engineers

American Subcontractors Association

American Traffic Safety Services Association

American Trucking Associations

Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers Association

Asphalt Recycling & Reclaiming Association

Associated Equipment Distributors

Associated General Contractors of America

Association of Equipment Manufacturers

Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute

Institute of Makers of Explosives

International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing

Iron Workers

International Slurry Surfacing Association

International Union of Operating Engineers

National Asphalt Pavement Association

National Association of Surety Bond Producers

National Electrical Contractors Association

National Ready Mixed Concrete Association

National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association

National Utility Contractors Association

Portland Cement Association

Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute

Surety & Fidelity Association of America

TRIP

U.S. Chamber of Commerce