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Highway Funding and the New Political Calculus on Capitol Hill

Highway Funding and the New Political Calculus on Capitol Hill

The inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president, coupled with the Senate majority returning to Democratic control upon the swearing in of Vice President Kamala Harris, not only notched many historic “firsts,” but also instantly rewrote the calculus of policymaking and power-brokering on Capitol Hill.

January 27, 2021

ATA, OOIDA Make Their Cases for Trucking in Senate Hearing
Senate Bill Touted as Largest Highway Legislation in History
Bipartisan House Bill Aims to Raise Private-Investment Limit for Highway Projects
Trump Pitches Infrastructure in State of Union, But No New Details
Government Report Calls for 20-Year Fix of Interstate Highways

Government Report Calls for 20-Year Fix of Interstate Highways

A congressionally mandated report finds the future of the Interstate Highway System so at risk that it recommends that drastic action should be taken over a period of years-- including hiking federal fuel taxes and allowing tolling and per-mile-charges on more interstate routes.

December 6, 2018

Urban Roads Need Plenty of Patching

Urban Roads Need Plenty of Patching

It’s a bumpy ride in the city – and getting bumpier, according to a new report on the deteriorating state of America’s urban roads.

October 22, 2018

Rep. Shuster Drafts Massive Infrastructure Plan

Rep. Shuster Drafts Massive Infrastructure Plan

The “discussion draft” of a wide-ranging infrastructure plan just released by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster is receiving a warm welcome from stakeholder groups, but there’s no guarantee it will be hammered into law.

July 24, 2018

ATA Sues Rhode Island to Block Truck-Toll Plan
DOT Lists Highway Projects to Receive $1.5 Billion in Grants

DOT Lists Highway Projects to Receive $1.5 Billion in Grants

The Department of Transportation has notified transportation-related committees of Congress which projects it has selected to receive approximately $1.5 billion in grant funding under the Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects program.

June 6, 2018

Trucking, Highway Groups Pan Trump Infrastructure Plan

Trucking, Highway Groups Pan Trump Infrastructure Plan

Reaction by trucking and highway interest lobbies to the full reveal of President Trump’s gargantuan infrastructure plan essentially mirror views the groups expressed last month, when some of its contents were leaked and when the plan’s funding goal was ratcheted up in the State of the Union address.

February 13, 2018

Trump Infrastructure Funding Plan Faces Uphill Climb

Trump Infrastructure Funding Plan Faces Uphill Climb

Getting President Trump’s infrastructure plan through Congress may make the actual fixing of America’s crumbling highways (and the rest of its subpar infrastructure) a mere walk in the park, says HDT Executive Editor David Cullen in this news analysis.

February 12, 2018

Trump on Infrastructure Draws More Trucking Questions than Applause

Trump on Infrastructure Draws More Trucking Questions than Applause

Reaction by highway stakeholder groups to President Trump’s State of the Union remarks on investing in infrastructure seem to be informed as much by earlier information on his spending proposal as by anything he said in his Jan. 30 address to Congress.

January 31, 2018

Trump's Call for More Infrastructure Spending Scant on Funding Details
Leaked Infrastructure Plan: No Fuel Tax Hike, but Tolling Interstates OK