2009 Highway Users Annual Meeting

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2009 Highway Users Annual Meeting

  1. 1. 2009 Annual Meeting American Highway Users Alliance October 20, 2009 The Mayflower Hotel | Washington, DC www.highways.org
  2. 2. <ul><li>Meeting folder items: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Agendas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meeting Minutes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Slate of Nominees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Action Fund Form </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Membership Brochure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Authorization Booklet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jump drive file directory </li></ul></ul>2009 Annual Meeting
  3. 3. Chairman’s Welcome & Call to Order <ul><li>Self Introductions </li></ul><ul><li>Adoption of Minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Election of Nominees for Board of Directors, Executive Committee , and Officers </li></ul>
  4. 4. Current Legislative Activities <ul><li>Major Funding Cuts After SAFETEA-LU Bill Lapses </li></ul><ul><li>No Highway Funding Extension Bill Passed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In October alone, states will have to cut $1B from pending contracts – nearly 1/3 of total budget authority </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Under current Continuing Resolution, highway funding is cut from approximately $3.5B per month to $2.5B per month </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If Congress passes extension to SAFETEA-LU, funding level will be restored </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Current Legislative Activities <ul><li>Cap-and-Trade Bill Moves to Senate </li></ul><ul><li>Senate cap-and-trade bill (S. 1733) introduced by Sens. Boxer, Kerry; faces tough resistance from Republicans and conservative Democrats </li></ul><ul><li>Campaigned in opposition of Waxman-Markey as part of Energy Citizens campaign  </li></ul><ul><li>Highway Users, allies met with Senate EPW Committee staff from both sides of the aisle to discuss concerns about the House bill’s transportation planning provisions. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Section adds new, ambiguous statewide & metropolitan trans. planning requirements to already long, difficult process </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Current Legislative Activities <ul><li>FY 2010 Budget & Appropriations </li></ul><ul><li>Senate trans. approps bill passed by a vote of 73 to 25.  House already passed its bill.  Next, bill will be sorted in a conference committee </li></ul><ul><li>Issued congratulatory statement to Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcmte. Chairman Patty Murray (D-WA) for her efforts on appropriations </li></ul><ul><li>Supported two amendments by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Option rather than mandate to spend 10% of surface trans. funds on off-highway enhancements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prevent the diversion of highway funds for museums </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Neither amendment passed </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Current Legislative Activities <ul><li>Other Policy Efforts </li></ul><ul><li>Highway Users Policy Taskforces examining House bill </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3 Taskforces met to develop recommendations for T&I staff on congestion, safety, and freight corridors. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participating in multi-org effort to dissect planning, environmental, and programmatic threats in authorization bills. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Taking action to discredit flawed Urban Land Institute “Moving Cooler” report </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Launching major campaign to combat the anti-mobility strategies discussed in the report and advanced by some Members of Congress </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Promoting safety for high risk rural roads as part of Roadway Infrastructure Safety Coalition (RISC) </li></ul>
  8. 8. 2009 Accomplishments Report <ul><li>Federal Highway Bill Authorization Activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Met with ranking member of the House Highways & Transit Subcommittee Rep. Duncan (R-TN) with HU Patron member NuStar to gain a highway “champion”. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Met with House T&I Committee staff & rank-and-file Members offices to discuss our core authorization issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Key EPW Cmte. staff from Boxer, Baucus, Voinovich & Inhofe reviewed Highway Users authorization proposal </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. 2009 Accomplishments Report <ul><li>Climate Change </li></ul><ul><li>Highway Users drafted united transportation planning position papers for Boxer and Oberstar </li></ul><ul><li>Papers highlighted needed provision changes in last year’s failed Senate climate change bill & early Waxman-Markey drafts. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New planning regulations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Restrictions on use of cap-and-trade funds </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Working with new Fuel Users group – coordinated by Chevron -- on climate legislation & fuel price impacts </li></ul>
  10. 10. 2009 Accomplishments Report <ul><li>Federal Highway Bill Authorization Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Attended first Senate Commerce Cmte.’s Surface Transportation Subcmte. hearing on authorization </li></ul><ul><ul><li>DOT Secy. LaHood testified focusing on alternatives to driving </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commerce Cmte. does not have highway program jurisdiction </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Final Road to Highway Authorization booklets included in meeting folders </li></ul>
  11. 11. 2009 Accomplishments Report <ul><li>FY 2010 Budget & Appropriations </li></ul><ul><li>Met with T&I Cmte. Chairman Oberstar (D-MN) and Highways & Transit Subcmte. Chairman DeFazio (D-OR) </li></ul><ul><li>Sent Legislative Alert to fight for House budget numbers </li></ul><ul><li>Opposed initial budget framework from Obama Administration, released in February </li></ul><ul><li>Congratulated Obama Administration for improvements in FINAL budget proposal </li></ul><ul><li>Supported passage of House & Senate FY10 approps. </li></ul><ul><li>Support higher Senate funding levels going forward. </li></ul>
  12. 12. 2009 Accomplishments Report <ul><li>Cap-and-Trade bill </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Organized transportation groups to develop a united transportation front on the legislation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Led multi-association effort to ask House T&I Committee to assert jurisdiction in planning provisions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Also, we remain opposed to downstream fuels under the cap – this approach has been rejected in Europe and is an effective gas tax increase without any highway investments </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. 2009 Accomplishments Report <ul><li>Rockefeller-Lautenberg bill </li></ul><ul><li>S. 1036 proposed VMT reductions and mandates freight shift from trucks to rail </li></ul><ul><ul><li>After hundreds of grassroots letters came in, Democratic Commerce staff requested a meeting to discuss our objections; we met with Rockefeller’s staff to offer our help to improve the bill </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Legislative Alert garnered tremendous grassroots response </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. 2009 Accomplishments Report <ul><li>Economic Stimulus Bill </li></ul><ul><li>Discussed highway funding in the economic stimulus bill at multiple speeches & media programs </li></ul><ul><li>Politico ad next to Secy. LaHood profile in inaugural issue with help of NuStar </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinated industry leader meeting on stimulus and highway bill efforts </li></ul>
  15. 15. 2009 Accomplishments Report <ul><li>Economic Stimulus – Successful Amendments </li></ul><ul><li>Endorsed: Passed 71-26. A Mikulski amendment to offer tax credits on car loan interest, helping people buy cars in this challenging economic climate. (Key Vote) </li></ul><ul><li>Endorsed: Shuster amendment – Prevent states from cutting their own budgets and using stimulus as substitute, (passed by voice vote) </li></ul>
  16. 16. 2009 Accomplishments Report <ul><li>Economic Stimulus </li></ul><ul><li>Endorsed: Failed Point-of-Order Vote: 58-39. Murray amendment to increase highway spending </li></ul><ul><li>Endorsed: A Boxer/Inhofe amendment to transfer $50B in unobligated balances from stimulus programs and move them to highways at the end of 2009 & 2010 (Not considered) </li></ul><ul><li>Endorsed: A Boxer/Inhofe/Baucus/Voinovich amendment to increase highway funding by $5.5B (Not considered) </li></ul><ul><li>Endorsed: Baucus amendment - deletes $8.5B recission from SAFETEA-LU scheduled to take effect on 9/30/09 (Not considered) </li></ul>
  17. 17. 2009 Accomplishments Report <ul><li>Weighed in on Commission Reports </li></ul><ul><li>Appeared on Fox News Live to discuss VMT & Commission report </li></ul><ul><li>Finance Commission report press release </li></ul><ul><li>BPC commission staff sought advice from us on final report </li></ul>
  18. 18. 2009 Accomplishments Report <ul><li>Other Legislative & Policy Actions </li></ul><ul><li>Energy Issues – Highway Users participated in CEA Energy Forum on the Hill in mid-May. Cohen serves on its Board of Advisors. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stabilizing & Lowering Fuel Prices – Issued a Legislative Alert soliciting comments to MMS proposal for Outer Continental Shelf fuel exploration; would reduce highway construction material costs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clear majority of comments favored opening OCS </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. 2009 Accomplishments Report <ul><li>Other Legislative & Policy Actions </li></ul><ul><li>Safety – Highway Users is a founding member of Roadway Infrastructure Safety Coalition to increase funds for rural road safety programs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Member of Highway Safety Performance Venture to develop a national state-of-safety report card </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Roadway Safety Foundation invited to participate in AASHTO’s SCOHTS Committee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Drafted AASHTO resolution to eliminate run-off-the-road crashes within 20 year </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Endorsed Baucus/Rahall bill: Surface Transportation Safety Act, which promotes road safety funding, work zone protections, rail grade crossings, & better signs and markings </li></ul></ul></ul>
  20. 20. 2009 Accomplishments Report <ul><li>Other Legislative & Policy Actions </li></ul><ul><li>Tolling & PPPs – Highway Users continues participation in Americans for a Stronger National Highway Network coalition </li></ul><ul><li>ITS America’s Congestion Initiative – We supported the launch of ITS America’s Global Congestion Relief Challenge created to develop solutions to growing traffic congestion </li></ul>
  21. 21. 2009 Accomplishments Report <ul><li>Other Legislative & Policy Actions </li></ul><ul><li>Chairman Boxer’s Water Regulation Bill – S.787 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Joined with other transportation and industry groups to oppose S. 787, which extends US Corps of Engineer permitting jurisdiction over isolated, non-navigable waters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sent letter of opposition to Boxer & Inhofe outlining concerns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>S. 787 would lead to highway project delays and cancellations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-navigable water is regulated by states </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. 2009 Annual Meeting Open Discussion
  23. 23. Action Fund <ul><li>Threats to mobility about in current legislation and Administration policy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Moving Cooler report: coerce people to drive less and own less cars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rockefeller/Lautenberg: mandates VMT reductions and freight modal shifts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blumenauer/Carper/Specter: CLEAN-TEA requires planning changes that de-emphasize highways </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dodd: Livable Communities bill defines livability without automobility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LaHood: Livability Initiative described in anti-auto terms. Partnership with EPA/HUD to reduce automobility </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. Grassroots Initiatives <ul><li>Advocacy Grant Program – Applications due 11/15 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1 st Place - $1000 grant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 nd Place - $750 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3 rd Place - $500 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Grassroots Web Site – We are seeking a new website & social media platform to launch an aggressive grassroots development effort. </li></ul><ul><li>Advocates in Action Award presented by Chairman Bill Graves </li></ul>
  25. 25. Proposed 2010 Meeting Dates <ul><li>Board of Directors Meetings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>February </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>June </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2010 Annual Meeting (all Highway Users members) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>October </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. 2009 Annual Meeting American Highway Users Alliance October 20, 2009 The Mayflower Hotel | Washington, DC www.highways.org
  27. 27. <ul><li>Keynote Speaker </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez </li></ul></ul>2009 Annual Meeting
  28. 28. Policy Panel I: Highway Funding & Authorization Progress <ul><li>Jack Basso, AASHTO </li></ul><ul><li>David Napoliello, House Approps. </li></ul><ul><li>Kathy Dedrick, Senate EPW </li></ul><ul><li>Rachel Milberg, Senate Approps. </li></ul>
  29. 29. Policy Panel II: Environment & Energy Hot Issues <ul><li>Cindy Burbank , Parsons Brinckerhoff </li></ul><ul><li>Alan Pisarski , Independent Transportation Expert </li></ul><ul><li>Debra Marshall , Chevron </li></ul>
  30. 30. Closing Remarks <ul><li>Greg Cohen , President & CEO </li></ul><ul><li>American Highway Users Alliance </li></ul>

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