The House hasn't been able to pass a transportation bill — but that isn't stopping them from trying to make dangerous policy changes.
Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and urge your Rep to vote against the "Ribble Amendment."
We’re writing to you ahead of a crucial vote because of the key House district you live in. Can you stop what you’re doing sometime today and make a quick phone call to your representative?
Though the Senate has already passed a strong, two-year transportation bill, the House has continued to flounder. Their failed bill made huge overreaches in policy — like attempting to kill funding for public transit — resulting in a House bill that even the majority of the leadership’s party wouldn’t support.
Now, they’re attempting to resuscitate some of the worst provisions from their unsuccessful transportation bill, along with unrelated things like the Keystone XL pipeline, and insert them into an extension of the current bill — including an attempt to roll back important environmental protections we depend on to ensure big projects don’t do irreparable damage to our communities.
Can you call your representative’s office and urge him or her to vote against the Ribble Amendment to HR 4348 today and support a clean extension of transportation policy without dangerous, partisan provisions and poison pills?
Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to your Rep’s office. You can leave this message with the person who answers the phone, or you can ask to speak to the staffer who handles transportation.
Hi, my name is [NAME] and I live in [TOWN]. I’m calling to urge the Representative to vote against the Ribble Amendment to the House’s extension of the transportation bill and pass a clean extension of transportation policy. Now is not the time to make damaging changes through divisive partisan provisions. I support passing a long-term transportation bill, but policy shouldn’t be made behind closed doors. We need a strong, bipartisan transportation bill that can move our country forward.
The House has been unable to pass a bill of their own to “conference” with the Senate’s bill, so the leadership was initially attempting to pass a 90-day extension of the current bill and use that bill as their starting point with the Senate for approving a final two-year bill. But now they’re trying to insert contentious provisions from their failed bill.
The Ribble Amendment represents some of the most damaging provisions in the unsuccessful House bill that would severely damage a local community’s power to protect their community’s environment and engage in the planning process, squelching public input and involvement.
If you can, please make a call today. And then please click reply to report your call to us. Forward this email to friends in your district and help spread the word. These reps need to hear from us!
Thanks for your support,
Stephen Lee Davis
Deputy Communications Director
Transportation for America