ATA's Graves Thanks Congress for Extending Highway Authorization

Mar 03, 2011, 17:38 ET from American Trucking Associations

ARLINGTON, Va., March 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Trucking Associations President and CEO Bill Graves expressed his appreciation to Congress for passing a long-term extension of the surface transportation authorization, ensuring that the federal government will continue to fund important infrastructure and safety programs through the end of September.


"Nothing is more critical to our members than highway safety," Graves said in a statement following Senate passage of the extension. "This legislation will ensure that funding for important safety and enforcement programs, not to mention needed highway improvements, will continue unabated through the end of the current fiscal year. As a former governor, I am acutely aware of how important it is for states to have a stable source of funding for their highway and safety programs."

"We thank all the members of Congress who supported this extension, and urge President Obama to quickly sign it into law," Graves said. "However, this stopgap is no excuse for a real, long-term highway bill that adequately addresses our need for improved highways to move the nation's food, fuel, medicine and other essential goods."

The American Trucking Associations ( is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of other trucking groups, industry-related conferences, and its 50 affiliated state trucking associations, ATA represents more than 37,000 members covering every type of motor carrier in the United States. Follow ATA on Twitter @TruckingMatters (, or become a fan on Facebook (

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