For immediate release:
Washington, D.C. – July 11, 2014 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today issued the following statement on the mark-up Thursday by the House Committee on Ways & Means of the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014.
Please attribute to AIA CEO Robert Ivy, FAIA:
“We applaud Congress for taking the first steps towards a short term Highway Trust Fund fix, since the nation’s roadways and infrastructure are critically vital to the well-being of our nation’s economy.
“Allowing the Highway Trust Fund to run out would effectively mothball thousands of projects and cost hundreds of thousands of jobs. The design and construction industry, still recovering from the Great Recession, cannot afford to see these projects idled. Congress must replenish these funds before thousands of direly needed infrastructure improvements go unfunded indefinitely.”
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