Highway Funding

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March 17, 2014

With Funding Clock Ticking, Congress Turns to Highway Bill

Transportation committees on Capitol Hill are starting to write the policy provisions to reauthorize the highway program that expires this fall, but the finance committees have yet to move on the key issue of funding.

March 17, 2014

Taking the Infrastructure Message to the Streets

As the federal government struggles to figure out how to fund the nation's infrastructure, states are increasingly taking matters into their own hands. One group in Iowa is pushing state legislators to act.

March 13, 2014

Groups Advocate More Highway Funding for Repairs, Not New Roads

As Congress and the Obama administration wrestle over how to fund work on the nation’s roadways for the next several years, two groups have teamed up, issuing a report saying more focus needs to be put on road repairs rather than building new roads.

March 12, 2014

Highway Funding Trajectory Worsening, DOT Warns

The Department of Transportation is worried that states will start slowing their highway and transit programs even before this summer when the Highway Trust Fund is slated to start running out of money.

March 4, 2014

DOT Budget Includes Freight, Infrastructure

President Obama’s budget for the Department of Transportation calls for new performance measures and a $10 billion freight program as well as his four-year, $302 billion infrastructure program.

March 4, 2014

Highway Funding Difficult but Not Impossible

It won’t be easy, but there’s at least a glimmer of a way for Congress to come up with money to fund a longer-term highway bill. The Highway Trust Fund is going to run out of money possibly as soon as August, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

February 28, 2014

Trucking and Others Renew Fight Against Tolls

Businesses and organizations from numerous sectors of the U.S. economy, including in trucking, have renewed their efforts opposing tolls on existing federal interstates.

February 26, 2014

Obama, Camp Offer Highway Funding Solutions

President Obama and Rep. Dave Camp both suggested one-time infusions to the Highway Trust Fund that is expected to run out of money by September.

January 27, 2014

Administration Urges Quick Action on Highway Funding

The Obama administration continues to send urgent signals that the Highway Trust Fund is in trouble. In remarks Monday to the American Trucking Associations Executive Committee, Peter Rogoff, acting under secretary at the Transportation Department, said the fund probably will run into the red before the program ends Oct. 1.

January 27, 2014

With Funding Clock Ticking, Congress Turns to Highway Bill

Congress is getting to work on the next highway bill. At its opening hearing on reauthorization on Jan. 14, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee heard urgent calls for a bipartisan approach to sustainable funding, a multi-year program and federal leadership.

January 15, 2014

DOT Will Post Trust Fund Balance to Illustrate Infrastructure Deficit

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx outlined the familiar issues surrounding the nation’s “infrastructure deficit” and added a new wrinkle: DOT will post a monthly update on the balance in the shrinking Highway Trust Fund.

January 13, 2014

Bill Calls for Shipping Fee for Infrastructure Improvements

Legislation has been offered up in the U.S. House that backers say will support improvements to infrastructure and transportation in the national freight mobility network through a new tax on freight shipments.

January 10, 2014

Dave Osiecki to Lead ATA’s Legislative Affairs Office

UPDATED -- Dave Osiecki, senior vice president of policy and regulatory affairs at American Trucking Associations, will take charge of the association’s lobbying shop.

January 8, 2014

LaHood Named Co-Chair of Infrastructure Lobby Group

The Washington, D.C. lobby group, Building America’s Future, has announced that former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and Republican Ray LaHood is joining the organization as a new co-chair.

January 7, 2014

Mary Phillips Steps Down from ATA Legislative Post

Mary Phillips, senior vice president for legislative affairs at American Trucking Associations for the past three years, is stepping down from her post. The moves comes as Congress gears up for the next highway bill, a crucial test for trucking interests on Capitol Hill.

January 6, 2014

A Challenging Year Ahead on Capitol Hill

Trucking’s overriding challenge on Capitol Hill this year is passage of a new highway program. The current program expires at the end of October. It launched a number of substantive reforms and policy initiatives but was funded for just two years with money taken from here and there in the federal budget.

December 20, 2013

Congressional Budget Doesn’t Cut Highway Funding

Less than a week after the U.S. House passed the budget deal agreed upon by both chambers, the Senate on Wednesday passed the bill that outlines spending levels for two years by a vote of 64-36.

December 12, 2013

Federal Budget Deal Addresses Oil Drilling and Highways

UPDATED -- A bipartisan federal budget deal reached Tuesday between members of the U.S. House and Senate to keep the federal government from shutting down, contains a little-known provision on drilling for oil and gas.

December 11, 2013

Massachusetts Eyeing Vehicle Miles Traveled Tax

Massachusetts could be the next state of a very small club in using a vehicle miles traveled tax as part of an effort to find alternatives to funding highway projects.

December 4, 2013

Fuel Tax Hike Proposal Draws Broad Support

Rep. Earl Blumenauer’s bid to raise federal fuel taxes to pay for more investment in roads and bridges drew strong support from a wide range of interests, including American Trucking Associations.

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