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Counties Urge Congressional Action on Transportation

With federal transportation funding set to expire at the end of May, county leaders--who own and maintain the largest share of America's road-miles--have urged federal lawmakers to act swiftly.  As part of the third-annual "Infrastructure Week" (May 11th-15th), officials with the National Association of Counties (NACo) have called on Congress to ensure continued solvency of the "Highway Trust Fund"--and to pass a multi-year reauthorization of the "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act" (MAP-21).

County leaders representing both NACo's "Large Urban County Caucus" (LUCC) and its "Rural Action Caucus" (RAC) have united under a single message to Congress:  Counties need a reliable federal partner, along with long-term transportation certainty.  Federal inaction and short-term patches, however, create uncertainty at the local level--hindering major transportation improvements.

We are offering soundbites from many of the participants; statements are available in MP3 only.

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NACo Executive Director Matt Chase (three bites; 2:03 total)

Maui County (Haw.) Council Member and NACo President Riki Hokama (two bites; :56 total)

Fellow Maui County Council Member and RAC Chair Mike Victorino (three bites; 1:21 total)

St. Martin Parish (La.) Council Vice Chair and RAC Member Craig Gregory (three bites; 1:18 total)

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