Highway Trust Fund

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June 17, 2015

House Ways & Means Gets Earfuls on Fixing Highway Funding Mess

In testimony Wednesday, transportation stakeholders pressed the House Committee on Ways & Means to quickly and finally figure out how to fix the nation’s broken highway-funding system.

June 11, 2015

Infrastructure Funding Bill: Let the States Pay

Two Republicans on Capitol Hill have re-introduced a controversial bill taking a radical approach to the issue of highway funding -- handing responsibility for infrastructure over to the states.

June 1, 2015

President Obama Inks Highway Patch

The Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015 was signed into law on Friday by President Obama extending funding through July 31.

May 26, 2015

Highway Patch Bill Sent to President Obama

With a voice vote on Saturday, the U.S. Senate approved the two-month extension of the highway bill that was passed by the House of Representatives last Tuesday. The legislation now awaits the expected signature of President Obama.

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 19, 2015

House Passes Two-Month Highway Patch

The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a temporary extension of the highway bill that will fund transportation projects through July.

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 7, 2015

What's Worse than Yet Another Highway Bill Patch?

Baseball is America’s cherished Rite of Spring. Except in Washington, where slapping a patch on the Highway Trust Fund has become the signature of the season.

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 24, 2015

ATA Sticks to Fuel-Tax Hike as Best Trust Fund Fix

The American Trucking Associations remains committed to seeing a surface transportation package passed this year that will ensure a long-term fix for the Highway Trust Fund.

April 16, 2015

Fuel-Tax Bill Would Trigger Highway-Funding Fix

Bipartisan legislation introduced in the U.S. House Thursday would index the current federal gasoline and diesel fuel taxes to inflation, raising $27.5 billion to ensure highway-infrastructure spending is funded for exactly 1.7 years.

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 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.

January 9, 2015

Highway Funding and the Death of Common Sense

This week, the price of crude oil dipped below $50 a barrel and gasoline prices averaged a little over $2 a gallon. It's the perfect time to do the common-sense thing and raise the federal fuel tax, says Deborah Lockridge in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

December 30, 2014

Fuel Tax Hike Unlikely, Says Congressman Shuster

Rep. Bill Shuster, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said that one of his 2015 priorities will be a highway bill – but he does not expect it to be funded by a fuel tax increase, the AP reported.

December 10, 2014

Infrastructure Investment Creates Jobs, Improves Economy, says Report

Two-thirds of the economic benefits and jobs created by federal highway and transit investment occur in non-construction sectors according to a new IHS report.

December 3, 2014

House Pair Invoke Reagan to Promote Fuel Tax Hike

A bipartisan pair of House Representatives invoked the spirit of conservative champion Ronald Reagan to push for a fuel tax increase to revive the Highway Trust Fund. Reps. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., and Tom Petri, R-Wisc., called for passage of a bill to raise the tax and quoted from Reagan’s 1982 call to do the same.

November 5, 2014

Republicans Will Take Charge of Senate Transportation Committees

The Republican sweep in the mid-term elections changes the players, but it is too soon to know how it will affect transportation policy.

October 30, 2014

Congress Lacks Vision to Support Infrastructure, LaHood Says

The Erie Canal, Hoover Dam, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Interstate Highway System – all were built by men of vision, but today Congress lacks enough such people to rebuild America’s worn and aging infrastructure, said former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, calling for a 10-cent-a-gallon increase in the fuel tax.

October 2, 2014

Highway Bill: ‘Nowhere to Go But Up’

Undaunted by the conventional political view that Congress will accomplish nothing in the upcoming lame duck session, Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., insists there is a chance to pass and fund a six-year highway program.

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