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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

April 7, 2020

DeFazio Pushes for COVID-19 Infrastructure Investment

Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) – Chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee – pushed for the inclusion of infrastructure investment in the next phase of COVID-19 relief during a conference call with other House Democratic leaders, according to an article in Land Line, an online publication of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA).

On the call, which included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC), and Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), the Chair of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Rep. DeFazio said he supports building upon the recently released Moving America Forward Framework to help the United States rebound from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is rebuilding America and preparing us for the 21st Century in so many ways,” Rep. DeFazio said according to the Land Line article.  “We want to put people first, workers first, and nothing does that more than the investments we’re talking about here.”

Released earlier this year, the Moving America Forward Framework is a $760 billion, five-year infrastructure plan to help modernize America’s infrastructure.  The proposal includes $329 billion for highways, $105 billion for transit, $50.5 billion for clean water/waste water treatment, $251.4 billion for drinking water, $347.3 billion for clean energy, and $86 billion for broadband and other communications.  In addition, the plan includes $30 billion for airports, $10 billion for water resources projects, such as flood protection and navigation, and $19.7 billion for seaports.

The push for increased infrastructure investment comes days after Congress passed the $2.2 trillion CARES Act to provide relief to Americans during the COVID-19 national emergency.

“Make no mistake, this is an incredible economic blow to America,” Rep. DeFazio said in the article.  “What we’ve done has mitigated some of that damage.  But we’re going to need a longer-term recovery package and we have to be more resilient in the future, which we can with this package.”

Read the full article in Land Line.