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President-Elect’s Infrastructure Plan Likely to Materialize In Spring

January 5, 2017

President-Elect’s Infrastructure Plan Likely to Materialize In Spring

Republican Leadership indicated that a massive infrastructure plan may not be the first order of business when President-elect Donald Trump takes office, despite campaign promises that a $1 trillion infrastructure package would be delivered within his first 100 days.

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.

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 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.

House T&I Urged to Move Highway Bill Without Tax Reform Financing

October 5, 2015

House T&I Urged to Move Highway Bill Without Tax Reform Financing

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) last week encouraged House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) to move forward with a long-term highway bill without financing from international tax reform.

House Approves Highway Patch

May 20, 2015

House Approves Highway Patch

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 387-35 late May 19 to extend Highway Trust Fund financing for two months through the end of July.

Lawmakers Propose Short-Term Highway Patch

May 15, 2015

Lawmakers Propose Short-Term Highway Patch

With the clock ticking down on the expiration of current highway law, Senators Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) on May 14 proposed a two-month extension into July. The proposal also calls on Congress to finish a multi-year transportation bill.

House T&I Chairman Says Fuel Tax Increase Impossible

April 10, 2015

House T&I Chairman Says Fuel Tax Increase Impossible

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R.-Pa.) said Congress will get a long-term highway bill done this year but not before current highway funding expires at the end of May, according to published reports. Rep. Shuster also said that raising the gas tax to pay for a long-term bill would be impossible.

House T&I Chairman Reaffirms Opposition to Fuel Tax Increase

March 20, 2015

House T&I Chairman Reaffirms Opposition to Fuel Tax Increase

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) reaffirmed his opposition to increasing the motor fuels tax as a means of funding surface transportation, but said lawmakers must identify a funding mechanism by Easter recess if they want to pass a long-term bill before current law expires May 31.

House Opens Highway Bill Debate

February 11, 2015

House Opens Highway Bill Debate

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx urged lawmakers to pass a long-term measure to boost U.S. infrastructure spending Feb. 11 at a hearing kicking off House discussions of the highway bill.

Rep. Shuster Rules Out Gas Tax Increase to Fund Highway Bill

January 2, 2015

Rep. Shuster Rules Out Gas Tax Increase to Fund Highway Bill

House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) said passing a highway bill to pay for the nation’s infrastructure construction and maintenance is a top priority in 2015, however he ruled out a motor fuels tax increase as a means of paying for it.

New House T&I Committee Members Announced

December 11, 2014

New House T&I Committee Members Announced

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster announced a dozen new Republican committee members for the 114th Congress.

House Formally Picks Transportation Committee Chair, Ranking Member

November 20, 2014

House Formally Picks Transportation Committee Chair, Ranking Member

Committee Chairmen are in place for the 114th Congress, with House Republicans formally picking Bill Shuster (R-Penna.) to again chair the Transportation Committee. House Democrats voted unanimously for Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) to serve as the committee’s ranking member, succeeding Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) who was defeated in the election.

House T&I Chairman Rejects Fuel Tax Increase

February 5, 2014

House T&I Chairman Rejects Fuel Tax Increase

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) said he wants a five to six-year highway bill, but he rejects higher fuel taxes as a means of paying for it.

Tea Party Targeting Transportation Chairman Shuster

October 23, 2013

Tea Party Targeting Transportation Chairman Shuster

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) could face a challenge from Tea Party activists in the upcoming election as the rift between Republicans and the Tea Party movement continues to grow following the government shutdown, according to published reports.

Lawmakers, Business Groups Discuss Fuel Tax Increase, Public-Private Partnerships

February 18, 2013

Lawmakers, Business Groups Discuss Fuel Tax Increase, Public-Private Partnerships

As Congress begins laying the groundwork for the next highway reauthorization bill, lawmakers and business groups are examining the funding mechanisms that will finance the nation’s infrastructure, including an increase in the fuel tax and the use of public-private partnerships and tolls.

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