Highway Funding

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May 20, 2015

House Dems Push Long-Term Highway Measure

Peter DeFazio and 19 Committee Democrats have introduced the Obama Administration’s GROW AMERICA Act as a long-term surface transportation funding measure.

May 15, 2015

Committee Chairmen Propose Their Own Funding Patch

Rep. Bill Shuster and Rep. Paul Ryan released a joint statement about their own proposal to extend spending authority for the Highway Trust Fund through the end of July.

May 14, 2015

Senators Float Midsummer Highway Bill Patch

With one week left to pass a short-term funding extension two key Democratic lawmakers have introduced a measure to extend the authorization of surface transportation programs into this July.

May 13, 2015

House Bill Allows Twin 33s Nationwide; Keeps Restart Suspension Active

The House Appropriations Committee has approved a $55-billion spending bill that includes a provision to allow 33-foot long double trailers on Interstate and other highways— regardless of state laws.

May 12, 2015

ATA Wants Highway Bill Patched But Fast

The ATA is urging Congress to quickly adopt a short-term measure to keep the Highway Trust Fund afloat to help ensure that a comprehensive long-term highway bill gets passed in this calendar year.

May 5, 2015

Senate Bill Would Create Infrastructure Tax Credit

New bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate could help bridge the highway funding gap by expanding the use of tax-exempt bonds and implementing a new tax credit to help state and local governments pay for infrastructure projects.

May 4, 2015

States Spent $1.1B Maintaining Roads This Winter

Twenty-three States spent around $1.1 billion from October 2014 to mid-April 2015 to pre-treat, plow, or spread chemicals and other materials on roads to keep them open and safe this winter.

April 30, 2015

Paul Ryan: Highway Bill Takes Backseat to Tax Reform

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, has strongly indicated that there’s no way around applying another short-term patch to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent.

April 3, 2015

DOT: Patch Highway Fund If It Leads to Real Fix

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx has signaled that he does not oppose Congress applying a short-term fix to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent before it runs out entirely this summer.

March 30, 2015

DOT Unveils Its Long-Term Transpo Funding Bill

The Department of Transportation today officially announced its $478-billion, six-year transportation reauthorization proposal with just two months left until the current surface-transportation legislation expires.

March 19, 2015

House Rep. Shuster Declares Fuel-Tax Hike DOA

Speaking to reporters yesterday, House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster argued that both Congress and President Obama lack the political will to increase federal fuel taxes to pay for funding the next highway bill.

March 18, 2015

States Grapple with Fuel Taxation

As state governments seek the best avenues to fund their highway infrastructure spending this year, many governors and legislators are looking closely at where making changes to motor-vehicle fuel taxation may get them.

March 17, 2015

House Highway Committee Hears from Beyond the Beltway

Roads and bridges may be local projects, but there’s no getting around their funding being planned and executed on a national scale. That message was driven home today in testimony by three representatives of key stakeholder groups before the U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee.

March 12, 2015

Key Lobby Floats Political Solution to Fix Highway Trust Fund

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association is floating a detailed “political solution” that it contends would “permanently resolve the issue of [using] short-term fixes” to fund future investments in highway/bridge and transit capital projects.

March 10, 2015

Beyond Traffic

By the year 2045, will U.S. transportation be fossil or fantastic? HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge lookds at a new report from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

March 5, 2015

States Considering Highway Funding Options

While Capitol Hill may yet again slap an eleventh-hour cold patch on the highway-funding gap, state governments are moving ever more quickly and innovatively to put their infrastructure spending in order.

February 3, 2015

Analyzing President Obama’s Highway Plan

A “Budget Highlights” document issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation details how the $478 billion apportioned for spending on surface-transportation infrastructure over the next six years would be put to work.

February 2, 2015

Obama Ups the Ante on Highway Spending

President Obama has proposed $478 billion in spending on transportation infrastructure over the next six years in his $4 trillion budget proposal.

January 28, 2015

U.S. Senate Begins Work on Highway Bill

The U.S. Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee has launched its effort to draft a new highway bill with vows to work out political differences in order to restore the health of the nation’s infrastructure.

January 21, 2015

Obama Repeats Call for Tax Reform to Pay for Highway Bill

President Obama used his State of the Union address to repeat his call to reform corporate taxes and spend some of the proceeds on a long-term highway bill.

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