National Call-In Day on Wednesday, May 23rd for the Transportation Reauthorization
House and Senate leaders are negotiating the final federal surface transportation bill right now. We need your help in fighting for provisions that support health in our communities, such as preserving local communities’ access to funding that can make walking and biking safer and helping transit agencies continue to provide access to healthy foods, affordable housing, employment, schools and health care via public transportation systems.
On Wednesday, May 23rd, APHA is joining other organizations from across the nation to call congressional offices and make our priorities clear.
Can you take a moment on Wednesday to call your Senators and Representatives and let them know that the conference committee must preserve the strong, bipartisan provisions contained in the Senate’s transportation bill, known as Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21)?
Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and use this script below. Leave your message with the person who answers the phone. When you are done, please report your call to us by emailing email@example.com. Thank you!
Hi, my name is [NAME] and I live in [PLACE]. I’m calling to ask Representative/Senator [NAME] to support several important provisions from the Senate’s bipartisan transportation bill during conference committee. The conference committee on the transportation bill must do three things:
(1) Protect my community’s access to funds in the Senate bill that make walking and biking safer and make access to goods and services within communities easier for all populations by preserving the local grant program from the Cardin-Cochran amendment,
(2) Keep the flexibility for public transportation “operations” in the Senate bill that allows struggling transit agencies of all sizes to maintain service for people of all ages and abilities during a fiscal crisis,
(3) Protect our ability to have input on the transportation projects that affect our community’s health and quality of life by rejecting the House’s proposal to gut the environmental review process.
Please support the provisions in the strong, bipartisan Senate transportation bill during the conference. Thank you for your time.
The American Public Health Association