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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.

Delving Into the Highway Bill: Natural Gas and EV Charging Corridors

December 8, 2015

Delving Into the Highway Bill: Natural Gas and EV Charging Corridors

The five-year, $305 billion highway bill signed into law Dec. 4 by President Obama contained several provisions that stand to affect the right-of-way on federal aid highways. Although the changes are not dramatic, because they could potentially affect the current ban on rest area commercialization, NATSO will play an active role in how they are implemented.

Delving Into the Highway Bill: Tolling

December 7, 2015

Delving Into the Highway Bill: Tolling

Congress recently passed the first long-term highway bill in a decade. The more than 1,300 page bill contains a number of significant policy changes, some directly related to transportation policy, others less so. This week, NATSO is taking a "deep dive" on different components of the highway bill. Today, the topic is Tolling.

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.

Congress Urged to Focus on Highway Bill's Funding and Length

November 25, 2015

Congress Urged to Focus on Highway Bill's Funding and Length

Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx urged Congress to focus on both the funding levels and the length of the highway bill as negotiators seek to hash out a multi-year surface transportation program.

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.

House Passes Transportation Bill

November 6, 2015

House Passes Transportation Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 363-64 Nov. 5 in favor of a six-year, $325 billion transportation bill, clearing the way for the House and the Senate to finalize a long-term highway bill before highway spending authority expires Nov. 20.

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 Committee Passes Six-Year Highway Bill

October 23, 2015

House Committee Passes Six-Year Highway Bill

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Oct. 22 overwhelmingly approved via voice-vote a six-year, $325 billion surface transportation bill that largely maintains baseline funding for highway and transit projects. The Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015, H.R. 3763, is a companion bill to the Senate’s DRIVE Act passed in July. With just one week remaining until the current extension expires, however, NATSO anticipates that Congress will pass another short-term extension to highway law.

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.

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.

Lawmakers Divided Over Highway Bill

July 9, 2015

Lawmakers Divided Over Highway Bill

Members of Congress returned to Washington to begin a four-week work period where they will need to address a number of significant policy matters, including funding the Highway Trust Fund, before the annual August recess.

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