US Representatives Sam Graves (R-MO) and Rodney Davis (R-IL) said the Biden administration the new carbon reduction program and guidelines published on April 21 run counter to the intention of the Infrastructure Investment and Employment Act (IIJA) and will discourage road and highway expansion projects.
“Today, the Biden administration redoubled its efforts to discourage states from building any new roads they might need, even though this policy is in direct conflict with what Congress intended in the recent Highways Act. infrastructure,” the US House said. Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Graves and Highways and Transit Subcommittee Member Davis in a joint statement.
US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced its Carbon Reduction Program, which includes $6.4 billion in five-year funding for state and local projects designed to reduce transportation emissions from on-road sources.
Representatives Graves and Davis said the new guidelines partially reinforce the FHWA’s previous guidance from Dec. 16, 2021 urging states to pursue projects more in line with Biden administration policies on climate change, transportation equity and non-motorized transport where, in fact, new road and highway projects might be more needed.
“Instead of heeding Republicans’ calls for the Federal Highway Administration to rescind its December guidance, which they know is confusing states, today’s announcement echoes the guidance prior administration and gross misapplication of the IIJA, lawmakers said in their April 21 written statement.