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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

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

Civil Engineers Issue Harsh Report on State of Infrastructure

Civil Engineers Issue Harsh Report on State of Infrastructure

The American Society of Civil Engineers has once again assigned a barely passing grade of “D+” to the nation’s overall infrastructure and an even more parsimonious “D” to our road network. Bridges, though, fared a bit better— scoring a “C+.”

March 9, 2017

Sen. Fischer Floats Quick-Fix Highway Funding Proposal
Report: Fund Freight Infrastructure Beyond Highway Trust Fund

Report: Fund Freight Infrastructure Beyond Highway Trust Fund

A new research report strongly advocates for greater funding of transportation infrastructure investments what is now covered by Highway Trust Fund allocations. It also stresses the value of projects designed to support multiple transportation modes.

December 6, 2016

CBO Marks 3 Paths to Smarter Highway Funding

CBO Marks 3 Paths to Smarter Highway Funding

Contending that “spending on highways does not correspond very well with how the roads are used and valued,” the Congressional Budget Office has issued a new report that looks at three ways lawmakers could “make highway spending more productive."

February 22, 2016

House Approves Highway-Bill Patch

House Approves Highway-Bill Patch

Playing beat the clock, the House of Representatives today approved by voice vote a three-week extension of transportation funding.

October 27, 2015

Highway Bill Patch Could Derail Over Train Safety Measure

Highway Bill Patch Could Derail Over Train Safety Measure

The latest proposed extension of federal highway funding includes a provision to delay a mandate for automatic-braking equipment on trains that could turn passing the measure into a game of political football.

October 26, 2015

How Long Will Congress Keep Highway Bill on Back Burner?

How Long Will Congress Keep Highway Bill on Back Burner?

The Capitol Hill recess is finally over and trucking can hope that during their weeks away from Capitol Hill, every Member of Congress heard earfuls from constituents about the abysmal condition of roads and bridges in their home states and districts.

September 8, 2015

Governors Push for Long-Term Highway Bill

Governors Push for Long-Term Highway Bill

The Coalition of Northeastern Governors is urging transportation leaders on Capitol Hill “to act quickly to ensure continuity and stability of the nation's highway, transit, rail and safety programs and the Highway Trust Fund.”

September 3, 2015

Senator: Hike Fuel Tax 4 Cents a Year for 4 Years

Senator: Hike Fuel Tax 4 Cents a Year for 4 Years

Sen. Tom Carper contends all that’s needed to restore the Highway Trust Fund is to raise federal fuel taxes by four cents a year for four years and then index the rates to inflation from then on.

August 6, 2015

Senate Approves House’s 3-Month Highway Bill

Senate Approves House’s 3-Month Highway Bill

The Senate passed its massive and contentious long-term highway bill and then approved the three-month extension of federal highway funding passed earlier by the House. The $8 billion patch, which runs out on October 29, has been sent to President Obama, who is expected to sign the bill.

July 30, 2015

Senate Highway Bill Dodges Potholes

Senate Highway Bill Dodges Potholes

As of late Sunday evening, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had managed to steer the multi-year highway bill introduced last week beyond some legislative potholes that had threatened to slow the process of getting the measure to the House for consideration.

July 26, 2015

Senate Moves Highway Bill Forward

Senate Moves Highway Bill Forward

The Senate voted on Wednesday to move forward a bipartisan highway bill that had been blocked by a procedural vote just a day before.

July 22, 2015

Senators’ Highway Deal: 6-Year Bill Funded for 3

Senators’ Highway Deal: 6-Year Bill Funded for 3

Two top Senators reached agreement today to put forward a bipartisan, multi-year highway bill that would fund projects for the next three years — leaving it to the next Congress to determine how to fund its final three years.

July 21, 2015

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