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2020 NASHTU Conference – Canceled

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, the 21st Annual NASHTU Conference – scheduled for April 20-22, 2020 in Washington D.C. – has been canceled.

Given the uncertainty about the length of the crisis, and given the limited congressional calendar in an election year, it is simply not possible at this time to reschedule the conference for this year.

We will be refunding any registration fees paid to date.  Please contact the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill at 202/737-1234 to cancel your room reservations.

We look forward to seeing you at the NASHTU conference in the spring of 2021.  If you have any questions, please contact NASHTU at nashtu@nashtu.us.


NASHTU Notes

July 7, 2020

House Passes Surface Transportation Reauthorization

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a sweeping $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill called the Moving Forward Act on a mostly party-line vote.  The Democratic-sponsored measure includes the surface transportation reauthorization that passed the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee two weeks ago.  In addition to surface transportation, the measure also includes funding for schools, housing, broadband, drinking and wastewater systems, postal service, clean energy sector, and health care infrastructure.

The five-year reauthorization – called the INVEST in America Act – would replace the current surface transportation authorization, which expires September 30, 2020.

As previously reported by NASHTU, the INVEST in America Act includes $411 billion over five years for highway, transit, safety and research programs, which is a 46% percent increase over current investment levels.  In addition, the first year of the authorization provides $83.1 billion for highway, transit and safety programs at a 100 percent federal share to help states and local governments continue to administer programs in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

NASHTU was successful in shedding light on two important legislative proposals that would increase accountability, transparency, and safety for federally-funded transportation projects.  Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) introduced two amendments during the T&I Committee’s markup of the INVEST in America Act that would require construction inspection to be performed by public employees and to require a cost comparison to be conducted prior to outsourcing engineering services on federally-funded projects.

While both amendments were withdrawn before the committee vote, Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR) said he agreed with the principle of requiring that construction inspection functions be performed by public employees, but worried about whether smaller jurisdictions would be able to comply.  Rep. Garamendi pledged to work with Chair DeFazio to rework the proposal to address his concerns.  NASHTU will continue to work with Rep. Garamendi, Chair DeFazio, and T&I committee staff to advance this important NASHTU proposal.

The House bill now moves to the Senate where it has little chance of becoming law.  Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) criticized the bill calling it “nonsense,” “pure fantasy,” and vowed that the bill would die in the Senate.  Even so, the House bill provides important markers for investment levels and policy changes that will eventually be included in the next surface transportation authorization.

Read more in the Associated Press.

Read T&I’s press release on the passage of the Moving Forward Act.