Highway Trust Fund

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April 15, 2014

Light Blinking Red for Highway Trust Fund

The Highway Trust Fund is likely to run into the red by September, according to the latest update from the Department of Transportation. In its most recent monthly status report, DOT shows the fund’s cash balance dipping below zero in late August or the first week of September.

April 11, 2014

Senators Agree on Highway Bill Principles

A bipartisan group of Senators has agreed on the outline of bill to reauthorize the federal highway program. The terms of the deal cover policy principles such as a long-term bill and maintaining existing programs but they do not cover the key question of how to pay for the program.

March 27, 2014

State, Local Officials Call for Highway Funding

The hearing rooms change but the theme remains the same: Congress must find a way to restore the Highway Trust Fund so it can support a robust, long-term federal highway program. That was the key take-away from state and local officials testifying before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Thursday.

March 6, 2014

National Coalition Launches “Hardhats for Highways” Campaign

With the federal Highway Trust Fund projected to be unable to support any new highway, bridge and public transportation improvements in fiscal year 2015, a national coalition of associations and labor unions announced that it is launching a campaign to help educate Congress about the connection between local jobs and federal highway and transit investment.

March 6, 2014

Tax Committees Debate Highway Funding as Money is Running Out

Ideas for infusions into the Highway Trust Fund got conflicting receptions before congressional tax committees this week, as Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden said he's looking for solutions while Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp expressed concerns about the Obama administration's proposal.

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 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.

July 30, 2013

Road Fix: Mobile Phone App Opens Direct Digital Complaint Line to Congress

Stuck in traffic? Have a cell phone? Here’s your chance to turn your wasted breath into a digital complaint that could actually get something done. Building America’s Future, a bipartisan coalition dedicated to reinvestment in infrastructure, today introduced a new mobile phone app that gives motorists a direct link to their elected representatives.

July 23, 2013

House Panel Looks for Highway Trust Fund Fix

At a hearing on the Highway Trust Fund Tuesday it was clear that the key House transportation committee has some distance to go before it can achieve consensus on how the fund could be made whole, or even if it should be preserved.

July 18, 2013

Highway Trust Fund Status to be Focus of Congressional Hearing Next Tuesday

The House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, chaired by U.S. Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI), will hold a hearing next Tuesday regarding the current financial status of the Highway Trust Fund and its impact on federal surface transportation programs.

June 27, 2013

Freight Gets Its Due at House Hearing

There’s no shortage of ideas for ways to improve the national freight network. A House panel researching the issue yesterday got a list, long, broad and mostly familiar, of what transportation providers would like to see in a federal freight policy.

April 25, 2013

Freight Needs Money and Federal Planning, House Panel Told

A couple of themes emerged from the first hearing of a new House panel on freight transportation. One: The United States needs to reinvest in freight infrastructure across all modes, and for highways that means raising money by raising fuel taxes.

April 10, 2013

A Conversation about Highway Money

There is a general recognition on Capitol Hill that Congress is going to have to come up with dedicated money, as opposed to financing or general funds, for the next highway program in October 2014.

February 11, 2013

Bridging The Funding Gap

The highway law that took so much effort over the past five years is just six months old, but now it's time to start again. As the U.S. Department of Transportation still unpacks the two-year, $105 billion measure passed last summer, Congress and transportation interests are gathering to return, once more, unto the breach.

October 1, 2008

An $8 Billion Fiasco

It shouldn't have taken a cash shortfall for the Highway Fund to be repaid.

May 1, 2008

Searching For Middle Ground In Highway Debate

Searching for a middle ground in the highway debate

April 1, 2008

Highway Funding: Let The Games Begin

Recommendations on how this country should approach funding to fix its ailing surface transportation system are on the table.

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