The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) today welcomed bipartisan legislation introduced by Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) that would provide a six-year reauthorization of funds for America’s transportation infrastructure.
“America’s retailers depend on access to efficient and reliable transportation to move goods across the country and into the hands of consumers every day,” said Kelly Kolb, vice president for government affairs. “A long term investment in vital corridors and crucial connections in our system is critical for the future of our economy and for maintaining global competitiveness.”
The Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act would ensure long-term funding for maintaining and modernizing our nation’s roads and bridges. In addition, the legislation creates a substantial freight program to help businesses transport goods more efficiently across states.
The current 60-day highway funding extension is set to expire on July 31. RILA urges Congress to move quickly on this legislation so as to avoid any disruptions in retail supply chain operations.
RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.