The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) fully supports the introduction of the INVEST in America Act by House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Peter DeFazio. The impact of COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on minorities in the transportation industry and the areas they serve. The INVEST in America Act and the increased funding for public transit options are critical to serving the needs of the minority workforce and the agencies that serve them in urban, suburban and rural areas.
Please call your member of Congress to show your support. Let them know you support the INVEST in America Act!
Greeting COMTO Family,
As you know, COMTO has been a strong supporter of the of the $760 Billion Moving Forward Framework proposed by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee that would make transformative infrastructure investments across the U.S. This legislation will provide critical support to all modes of the transportation industry as well as offset some of the extraordinary direct costs and revenue losses which have occurred in response to the COVID-19 crisis in 2020.
A critical part of infrastructure are the partnerships that small and minority-owned businesses have with the Department of Transportation’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program. The time has come for COMTO members to show strong support for the reauthorization of the DBE program and to submit testimony that demonstrates positive experiences with the DBE programs ameliorating discrimination.
The DBE program, first established in 1982, is a legislatively mandated USDOT program that applies to federally-assisted contracts issued by USDOT recipients, such as state transportation agencies. The DBE reauthorization will be reviewed:
Goal: COMTO Members should show strong support for the upcoming reauthorization of the DOT’s DBE Program. COMTO Members should prepare letters of testimony for consideration by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and for insertion into the Congressional Record as part of the official record.
Key Action Steps:
I want to thank you in advance for your support of this very important process. Please let me know if you have any questions and we look forward to receiving your responses.
A. Bradley Mims
President and CEO, COMTO National