Federal Advocacy

Explore the bills and legislation Ports-to-Plains is actively involved with, including next steps and priorities.

Ports to Plains Alliance 117th Congress

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H.R. 1608 Introduced

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S. 705 Introduced

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Next Steps

Federal Policy Priorities

Recommendation to Congress

  • Increase and prioritize investment in the National Highway System
  • Emphasize Connectivity
  • Restore Federal Leadership

In developing transportation policies and priorities, Congress must also recognize that what works in urban America does not always work in rural America, and vice versa. Federal policies and decision-making should take that into account by not adopting one-size-fits-all policies that limit flexibility. For example—

  • Public-private partnerships.
  • Overemphasis on traffic counts and freight volume.
  • “Fix it first” investments.
  • Expanding local control over transportation decision-making.

In developing transportation policies and priorities, Congress must also recognize that what works in urban America does not always work in rural America, and vice versa. Federal policies and decision-making should take that into account by not adopting one-size-fits-all policies that limit flexibility. For example—The Ports-to-Plains Alliance 2021 Policy Priorities paper provides more details on these priorities and a description of the benefits from the priorities.

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