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Graves and Davis Statement on the Biden Administration’s Latest Policy Discouraging States from Using Their Infrastructure Funds to Build Roads

Joint statement of Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) and Highways and Transit Subcommittee Ranking Member Rodney Davis (R-IL) on the Biden Administration’s new transportation guidance that reinforces their intent to discourage critical road and highway expansion projects in clear defiance of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA):

“Today, the Biden Administration doubled down on discouraging states from building new roads they may need, despite this policy being in direct conflict with what Congress intended in the recent infrastructure law.

“Instead of heeding Republicans’ calls for the Federal Highway Administration to rescind its December guidance, which they know is causing confusion among states, today’s announcement echoes the Administration’s earlier guidance and blatant misapplication of the IIJA.

“The FHWA, Department of Transportation, and Biden Administration need to stop prioritizing their woke agenda over implementation of the infrastructure law as it was written.”

Background information:
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today announced its Carbon Reduction Program Guidance, which in part reinforces the previous December 16, 2021, FHWA guidance urging states to pursue projects more in line with the Administration’s policies on climate change, transportation equity, and non-motorized transportation – when new road and highway projects may be more needed.  Because of the significant confusion the December 16th FHWA Guidance has caused at the state level, Ranking Member Rodney Davis, on March 7, 2022, led Committee Republicans in requesting that guidance be completely rescinded

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