Biden, Portman Honored by ARTBA

President Joe Biden and Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) are the 2022 recipients of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) highest honor – the “ARTBA Award.” The announcement was made May 17 in Washington, D.C., during ARTBA’s 2022 Federal Issues Program and Transportation Construction Coalition’s (TCC) Fly-In.

Established in 1960, the ARTBA Award recognizes outstanding contributions that have advanced the broad goals of the association. Recipients have included governors, more than 25 U.S. senators or representatives, two U.S. secretaries of transportation, and dozens of top leaders and executives from government and the transportation construction industry private sector.

“The president and senator are recognized for their leadership and willingness to work across the aisle to complete the landmark Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The November 2021 enacted law includes a five-year, $450 billion reauthorization of federal highway, public transit, and highway safety programs. It represents the largest increase in federal surface transportation investment in 65 years,” ARTBA stated.

President Biden barnstormed the country advocating for major new infrastructure investments and his staff worked closely with groups of Republican and Democratic senators, led by Sen. Portman, to develop a rare bipartisan policy consensus. Portman’s approach was critical to helping secure 69 votes for final Senate passage.

The president signed the IIJA November 15 at a ceremony on the White House South Lawn.

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