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Industry Mobilizes for “Call Congress Day” December 10 Message to Congress: Pass the Highway & Transit Bill ASAP!

(Washington, D.C.)-"Congress should pass a six-year surface transportation authorization bill now and provide the revenue necessary to increase funding to address the nation's short-term need for jobs and long-term economic growth." This is the message transportation design and construction industry executives will deliver to elected officials December 10 as part of "Call Congress Day."

The calls are being organized by the 28 national associations and labor unions of the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC).

While the U.S. House and Senate are debating other high profile issues, transportation construction industry managers and employees need to remind their elected officials that their livelihood depends upon the federal surface transportation authorization bill, which expired September 30. Some congressional offices have reported to TCC leaders that they are "not hearing from people at home" about the importance for action on the highway/transit bill. The telephone reminder calls aim to put the issue "on the radar" for lawmakers.

Industry grassroots activists can connect directly to their congressional delegations between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., EST, by dialing toll free 1-888-448-2872, and then entering their home zip code to complete the connection. Once they have reached the congressional office, callers should ask to speak to the Legislative Assistant who handles "transportation issues" and let the person know, or leave a message, informing them of what is at stake for your company.

Additional talking points and background information can be found at: www.transportationconstructioncoalition.org.

Established in 1996 and co-chaired by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association and the Associated General Contractors of America, TCC members have a direct market interest in the federal transportation programs.

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