Transportation and infrastructure are key components of economic development and tourism efforts in North Carolina and in the 5th District. During my time in Congress, I have worked to bring accountability to the Highway Trust Fund by introducing legislation repealing Davis-Bacon wage requirements. Removing Davis-Bacon wage requirements from federally-funded highway construction projects would free up funds from inflated wages and regulatory compliance to create more market-priced construction jobs and more affordable, timely-completed projects.
This Congress, I am a cosponsor of H.R. 2584, the National Park Service Legacy Act. The National Park Service (NPS) is currently faced with a growing backlog of maintenance projects to repair aging infrastructure. Deferred maintenance needs impact nearly every national park across the country, including the Blue Ridge Parkway. According to the NPS, North Carolina ranks seventh nationally with an estimated $431 million in deferred park maintenance, with the Blue Ridge Parkway accounting for more than 60% of the state total. This deferred maintenance negatively impacts the economic benefits of visitors to the Parkway for neighboring communities. H.R. 2584 would address this issue by providing dedicated annual federal funding to address national park deferred maintenance needs. The bill would ensure that parks continue to preserve our nation’s heritage and recreation opportunities and that local communities who depend on park visitors for revenue will continue to flourish.
Legislation pertaining to the transportation and infrastructure sponsored, co-sponsored, or supported by Rep. Foxx in the 115th Congress:
H.R. 2584: National Park Service Legacy Act
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