Sending Office: Honorable Mikie Sherrill
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LAST CALL: SUPPORT THE FEDERAL-STATE PARTNERSHIP FOR STATE OF GOOD REPAIR (SGR) GRANT PROGRAM

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Dear Colleague:

The Northeast Corridor is vital to our nation’s economy. Please join me in asking the Chair and Ranking Member of the Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee to provide a strong funding level of $500 million for the Federal-State Partnership
for State of Good Repair (SGR) grant program to strengthen our passenger rail infrastructure. The reliability and safety of America’s transportation infrastructure remains in question, and it is time we uphold our promise and provide serious funding to fix
the deteriorating rail infrastructure that is vital to our success in the 21st century economy.

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For more information, please contact Tom Stewart in Rep. Sherrill’s office at 5-5034 or thomas.stewart@mail.house.gov.

Sincerely, 

Mikie Sherrill                    
Member of Congress                

 

Letter text:

 

Dear Chairman Price and Ranking Member Diaz-Balart:

On behalf of constituents, businesses and stakeholders who understand the long-term value and necessity of investing in sustainable rail infrastructure, we are writing to request a strong funding level of $500 million for the Federal-State Partnership for
State of Good Repair (SGR) grant program in the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations bill.

The Federal-State Partnership SGR grant program, which was authorized in 2015 by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, aims to help finance projects that reduce the state of good repair backlog on publicly-owned or Amtrak-owned infrastructure,
equipment, and facilities. This backlog represents an economic timebomb – Amtrak and commuter railroads transport a workforce that contributes roughly $50 billion to the American economy. In addition to that, according to the Northeast Corridor Commission
(NEC), “The loss of the NEC for a single day could cost the country $100 million in added congestion, productivity losses, and other transportation impacts.”

Given this impact on the regional and national economy, restoring the NEC and other rail networks to a state of good repair must be one of our top priorities. Last year, House Appropriators provided $400 million for SGR grants in the
FY19 THUD bill – raising that investment to $500 million, which could be leveraged via state matching requirements to hundreds of millions of dollars in additional funding, is the best course of action for a nation looking to upgrade its transit infrastructure.

We thank the Subcommittee for its support in previous years’ appropriations bills. Although your Subcommittee has many competing priorities to consider this fiscal year, we believe that addressing the national sate of good repair backlog is an important
investment. That is why we respectfully request that State of Good Repair grants be funded at a level of $500 million in the FY2020 THUD appropriations bill.

 

Sincerely,

Mikie Sherrill               Brian Fitzpatrick               Albio Sires                    Peter King
Member of Congress    Member of Congress        Member of Congress    Member of Congress

Related Legislative Issues

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Related Deadline Information

Deadline Title: THURSDAY MORNING
Deadline Start: 4/3/2019 6:00:00 PM
Deadline End: 4/4/2019 10:00:00 AM

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