CHEYENNE – Sen. John Barrasso has joined with his colleagues on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works to request a repeal of billions in cuts to transportation funding.

Barrasso, chairman of the committee, and Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., sent a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., calling for the repeal of a section in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation FAST Act.

The provision rescinds $7.6 billion in federal-aid Highway Program contract authority July 1, 2020.

In the letter, Barrasso and Carper note they are making progress toward introducing and advancing bipartisan highway legislation.

“We plan to report the bill out of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee this summer. Working together, we believe we can pass a landmark reauthorization that funds our collective priorities and protects our communities,” the letter read.

The letter also noted that unless the rescission from the FAST Act is repealed as part of a future budget measure, it will harm states, slow the economy and cost jobs.

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