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Members of Congress, Government Officials Push for Transportation Funding Fix

May 31, 2016

Members of Congress, Government Officials Push for Transportation Funding Fix

Members of Congress and former transportation officials are pushing for a long-term funding fix for the Highway Trust Fund.

Funding Opportunities for Transportation Infrastructure Projects

March 18, 2016

Funding Opportunities for Transportation Infrastructure Projects

Eligible transportation projects in need of funding now have the opportunity to access roughly $2 billion in previously unused earmarks, under recently released guidance from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Through this "repurposing," state and local governments can now access funding that has previously been earmarked for specific uses without having to go through a lengthy legislative process. This announcement comes pursuant to the 2016 Omnibus spending law that provided states authority to repurpose earmarked funds if the earmark is more than 10 years old with less than 10 percent of project funds obligated or if the project is closed.

Delving Into the Highway Bill: How It's Paid For

December 11, 2015

Delving Into the Highway Bill: How It's Paid For

The five-year highway bill signed into law Dec. 4 by President Obama utilizes a variety of funding mechanisms that are unrelated to transportation. On the one hand, it is a positive development that Congress was able to agree on a long-term package, providing the certainty needed for substantial investments in highway-related projects. This ultimately could make finding a way to pay for highways even more difficult when the current bill expires in 2020.

Delving Into the Highway Bill: Transportation Policy

December 9, 2015

Delving Into the Highway Bill: Transportation Policy

The 1,300 page, $305 billion highway bill that Congress passed last week contains dozens of provisions that reflect the country's transportation policy priorities over the next five years. Although these provisions generally will not directly impact NATSO members, they will shape the market and regulatory environments within which NATSO members operate. Below is a brief overview of some of these topics.

Senate Sends Highway Bill to President

December 4, 2015

Senate Sends Highway Bill to President

Lawmakers sent the longest surface transportation bill in more than a decade to the President for his signature late last night after the Senate voted in favor of the five-year, $305 billion highway bill titled Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act).

Congress Reaches Deal on Five-Year Highway Bill

December 2, 2015

Congress Reaches Deal on Five-Year Highway Bill

Congressional negotiators agreed to a five-year, $305 billion highway bill Dec. 1, clearing one of the last hurdles in their push to finalize a long-term highway bill before current highway spending authority expires at the end of this week.

President Signs Short-Term Highway Patch

November 20, 2015

President Signs Short-Term Highway Patch

President Obama signed into law a two-week extension of current highway spending authority, giving lawmakers an additional two weeks to hash out a multiyear agreement.

Lawmakers Prepare to Conference Highway Bill

November 16, 2015

Lawmakers Prepare to Conference Highway Bill

The House of Representatives returns from a week-long recess today and is expected to begin negotiating a six-year highway bill with the Senate in an effort to finalize an agreement on a multi-year highway bill by Nov. 20, when current spending authority on the Highway Trust Fund expires.

President Extends Highway Law, House Preps Highway Bill

October 30, 2015

President Extends Highway Law, House Preps Highway Bill

President Obama signed into law a bill that extends current highway law for three weeks, giving lawmakers until Nov. 20 to hammer out a multi-year highway bill. The House of Representatives is expected to vote this week on its six-year, $325 billion Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015, which would clear the way for the long-awaited conference with the Senate’s DRIVE Act passed in July.

Senate Passes Bipartisan Highway Patch

October 29, 2015

Senate Passes Bipartisan Highway Patch

The Senate passed a bipartisan three-week extension of current highway law, which was set to expire today. The House approved the bill by voice vote on Tuesday, and it is now headed to the White House for the President’s signature.

House Passes Short-Term Highway Extension

October 27, 2015

House Passes Short-Term Highway Extension

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Oct. 27 to extend highway and transit authority until Nov. 20, giving lawmakers a more time to hammer out a multi-year funding and policy package.

House Unveils Highway Bill

October 16, 2015

House Unveils Highway Bill

The House of Representatives on Oct. 16 unveiled a six-year, $325 billion highway bill with just two weeks remaining until the current extension to highway funding law is set to expire. It is a companion bill to the Senate's Drive Act passed in July. It is unlikely that both chambers will be able to iron out differences between the two bills before current highway legislation expires at the end of October. As a result, although the House legislation is a crucial step in the process, NATSO expects at least one more temporary highway bill to be enacted before Congress is able to pass long-term legislation.

House T&I To Consider Highway Bill Soon

October 8, 2015

House T&I To Consider Highway Bill Soon

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) said the committee expects to markup a highway bill the last week of October, when the latest extension to highway funding law is set to expire.

NATSO Joins Stakeholder Group in Pushing for Long-Term Highway Bill

September 18, 2015

NATSO Joins Stakeholder Group in Pushing for Long-Term Highway Bill

NATSO joined nearly 70 organizations representing a broad cross section of the U.S. economy in urging Congress to pass a six-year reauthorization of the federal highway program in 2015 that increases investments in highway and public transportation improvements.

House T&I Committee Delays Action, Short-Term Highway Patch Anticipated

September 14, 2015

House T&I Committee Delays Action, Short-Term Highway Patch Anticipated

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee delayed the widely anticipated release of its long-term highway bill and subsequent markup on the legislation last week as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle try to work out several major policy differences.

Congress Passes Short-Term Highway Patch

August 3, 2015

Congress Passes Short-Term Highway Patch

Congress on July 30 passed a stopgap three-month measure to finance federal highway and transportation projects. The measure is expected to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent through December.

Senate Continues Six-Year Highway Bill Push, Deadline Looms

July 27, 2015

Senate Continues Six-Year Highway Bill Push, Deadline Looms

With just days remaining until the expiration of current highway funding law, the Senate continues to push forward with a six-year federal highway bill, teeing up a show down with the House, which passed a five-month extension to transportation programs earlier this month.

House Passes Highway Funding Patch

July 16, 2015

House Passes Highway Funding Patch

Lawmakers continued their push for an extension to highway funding law the week of July 13 as the clock continues to tick down to its July 31 expiration. The U.S. House of Representatives voted 312-119 to extend Highway Trust Fund financing through Dec. 18.

Rep. Ryan Steadfast in Opposition to Gas Tax Increase

June 18, 2015

Rep. Ryan Steadfast in Opposition to Gas Tax Increase

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) reiterated his opposition to raising the motor fuels tax to fund a long-term infrastructure program during a committee hearing in which industry groups urged Congress to quickly find a sustainable funding source for the Highway Trust Fund.

Bill Would Eliminate the Gas Tax

June 12, 2015

Bill Would Eliminate the Gas Tax

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) have filed a bill—the Transportation Empowerment Act—that would gradually eliminate the fuel tax to fund federal transportation projects.

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