AAA Urges the President and Congress to Address Long-Term Funding Needs Statement by Bob Darbelnet, AAA President and CEO
(WASHINGTON, March 4, 2014) “The President’s budget provides essential funds over the next four years for the nation’s transportation system and AAA is encouraged by Secretary Foxx’s pledge that his department will submit a full reauthorization proposal to Congress in the coming months. However, AAA remains concerned with Washington’s tendency to make short-term fixes that only patch, not solve, the U.S. transportation funding crisis.
“Once again, policymakers are settling on politically palatable revenue generators instead of setting the stage for the transportation program to return a meaningful reauthorization and funding process. These sorts of “solutions” can only provide funding for limited term bills and assure only that we avert, not solve this crisis.
“AAA continues to believe that the gas tax represents the most viable, responsible and effective mechanism to achieve the goal of sustaining a transportation system that supports a vital U.S. economy, provided the additional funds generated are thoughtfully spent on transportation improvements that ease congestion and increase safety. AAA urges the President and Congressional leaders to make choices that serve U.S. interests in the long-term, instead of short-term fixes.”