An ad campaign targeting members of Congress and pushing for increased infrastructure spending has been jointly launched by the Americans for Transportation Mobility and the Transportation Construction Coalition.
The two groups have announced that they will particularly aim for the Twitter followers of the members of two legislative committees with messages that in part read: “Our national transportation infrastructure is severely underfunded, which is crippling our economy and endangering lives.”
Those messages would go to the members and staff of the House Ways & Means Committee, as well as the Senate Finance Committee, both of which are tasked with ultimately approving increased funding for federal infrastructure projects.
The Twitter messages from the two groups will direct recipients to a recent ad on the site Politico emphasizing the importance of maintaining a functioning Highway Trust Fund to pay for current and future infrastructure projects.
Those projects, according to the Politico piece, “will facilitate long-term regional and national economic growth while creating new jobs.”
The effort comes just two weeks after the U.S. Chamber of Commerce issued a statement calling for an increase in the federal gasoline tax in order to provide money for the Highway Trust Fund. That statement, in part, said: “Democrats and Republicans in blue, red, and purple states across the country have already taken this action, increasing their state gas taxes to finance their share of much-needed infrastructure improvement.”
The Americans for Transportation Mobility is operated by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, while the Washington-based Transportation Construction Coalition is comprised of a number of construction unions and various related trade associations.
By Garry Boulard
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