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Q&A with Congress
of the other modes that move people
and goods around the country. The only
tough question is how do we pay for it.
That is why I have focused my efforts
on fixing how we pay for our infrastructure. In 2016, I led a bipartisan
effort in the House that resulted in a
majority of both parties, 253 total members, expressing their support for a long
term, sustainable fix to the Highway
Trust Fund. The letter was supported by
over 30 organizations from organized
labor to construction material organizations like NSSGA. My hope is the letter
helps lay the groundwork for addressing
how to fund our infrastructure for the
next 5, 10, or 25 years.

Sam Graves, R-Mo.

IN FEBRUARY 2018, the White House
released four principles of an infrastructure bill and asked Congress create a bipartisan bill that aligns with
the administration's proposal. Hearings
continue to be held on Capitol Hill on
rebuilding America's aging roads, highways and bridges.
House Subcommittee on Highways
and Transit Chairman Sam Graves, R-Mo.,
heads a committee that recently focused
on infrastructure funding needs. His
committee oversees the development
of a national transportation policy
and focuses on improving America's
highway system. Rep. Graves sat down
with Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW to talk
about the focus that Congress and the
administration have on infrastructure.
The president campaigned
on a $1.5 trillion package. Is
Congress willing to make a
long-term investment in our
infrastructure?
Everyone supports having a strong
infrastructure network whether that
is roads and bridges, airports, or any

What does a serious investment
in our nation's infrastructure
entail? Is it just an increase to
the user fee on gallons of fuel?
The budget deal and recently passed
Omnibus bill was a good start. That
gave us a $20 billion down payment
on the President's request for increased
investment in our infrastructure with
$10 billion of that being immediately
distributed to our major transportation programs for airports, roads and
bridges, and rural broadband. Our infrastructure network will get an immediate boost from this investment
In terms of a gas tax increase, it is
my belief that the support in Congress
is not there to raise it. Frankly, none
of the current funding mechanisms
can solve the problem. We have become
too reliant on fuel tax to pay the bills
and it isn't meeting our needs. That is
why I want to see us pivot to a Vehicle
Miles Traveled (VMT) which has greater
potential to put us on a sustainable
path for funding our future transportation needs. As I've said before, all
options are on the table and Congress
should be looking at everything including what States have done to fund their

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - May/June 2018

Aggregates News Blasts
ROCKPAC Breaks Records
Everything Was Bigger in Texas
Enhanced Reclamation Creates a Bridge Over (Historically) Troubled Waters
Q&A With Congress
More Crops, Lower Costs – Agricultural Lime May Be the Key
Rip & Share
Products & Services Guide
Services & Supplies Guide
Index of Advertisers
Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - May/June 2018 - Intro
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Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - May/June 2018 - Aggregates News Blasts
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Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - May/June 2018 - ROCKPAC Breaks Records
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Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - May/June 2018 - Everything Was Bigger in Texas
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Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - May/June 2018 - Enhanced Reclamation Creates a Bridge Over (Historically) Troubled Waters
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Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - May/June 2018 - Q&A With Congress
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Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - May/June 2018 - More Crops, Lower Costs – Agricultural Lime May Be the Key
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Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - May/June 2018 - Rip & Share
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Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - May/June 2018 - Products & Services Guide
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Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - May/June 2018 - Services & Supplies Guide
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Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - May/June 2018 - Index of Advertisers
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