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Rep. Graves Elected Ranking Member on House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

November 30, 2018

Rep. Graves Elected Ranking Member on House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

The House Republican conference on Nov. 30 unanimously voted to elect Rep. Sam Graves to be ranking member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the 116th Congress. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) will serve as Chairman.

Congressman DeFazio Plans to Deliver Major Infrastructure Package

November 7, 2018

Congressman DeFazio Plans to Deliver Major Infrastructure Package

Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), who is set to become Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the 116th Congress, said Nov. 6 that a major infrastructure package funded by real dollars would be his first order of business in January. Current surface transportation law is set to expire in 2020 and infrastructure is largely viewed as one issue where bipartisan agreement will be possible next year. Of importance to truckstops and travel plazas, Rep. DeFazio spoke about the shortcomings of the $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan put forth by the Administration in early 2018, saying it was full of “pretend stuff” such as privatization and asset recycling, which could very easily lead to tolling and rest area commercialization.

Tolls Represent Regressive Tax, Anti-Tolling Coalition Says

January 22, 2018

Tolls Represent Regressive Tax, Anti-Tolling Coalition Says

Tolls represent a regressive double tax that disproportionately hurts lower income drivers and will create significant disruptions for local communities, a representative of the Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates said in a recent interview with National Public Radio (NPR).

Lawmakers Expect Infrastructure Guidelines After State of the Union

January 11, 2018

Lawmakers Expect Infrastructure Guidelines After State of the Union

The Trump Administration is expected to delay its timetable for unveiling infrastructure guidelines until after the State of the Union, lawmakers said Jan. 11.

White House Economic Advisor Floats Possibility of Fuel Tax Increase

October 25, 2017

White House Economic Advisor Floats Possibility of Fuel Tax Increase

The President’s chief economic advisor on Oct. 25 raised the possibility of increasing the federal motor fuels tax next year to help pay for the Administration’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan.

President Says He Will Consider Motor Fuels Tax Increase

May 2, 2017

President Says He Will Consider Motor Fuels Tax Increase

President Trump said May 1 that he would consider raising the gas tax as a means of boosting infrastructure revenues, however the President stopped short of announcing a full-scale endorsement for a motor fuels tax increase.

Lawmakers Introduce Bipartisan Infrastructure Bills

March 24, 2017

Lawmakers Introduce Bipartisan Infrastructure Bills

U.S. Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) introduced two bipartisan bills that would use revenues from tax reform to finance infrastructure.

Rep. DeFazio Introduces Legislation to Fund Infrastructure

March 23, 2017

Rep. DeFazio Introduces Legislation to Fund Infrastructure

Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, on March 22 introduced legislation that he said will generate nearly $500 billion to rebuild U.S. roads, bridges and transit systems.

White House Kicks Off Infrastructure Planning, Congress Evaluates Private Investment in Rural America

March 3, 2017

White House Kicks Off Infrastructure Planning, Congress Evaluates Private Investment in Rural America

Just days after President Trump reiterated his call for a $1 Trillion infrastructure package, the Administration convened a meeting of more than 15 federal agencies to begin formulating an official infrastructure proposal, including potential projects and funding options.

Senate Committee Examines Infrastructure Policy

February 9, 2017

Senate Committee Examines Infrastructure Policy

For the second time in as many weeks, a key congressional committee held a hearing to consider funding options for improving the nation's infrastructure. Throughout the hearing, senators emphasized the need to find direct funding opportunities -- such as raising the motor fuel excise tax -- because private financing does not provide a complete solution, especially in rural communities.

House Transportation Committee Holds Hearing on Infrastructure Policy, Funding

February 2, 2017

House Transportation Committee Holds Hearing on Infrastructure Policy, Funding

In the first of what will surely be many Congressional hearings on highway policy this year, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee heard from executives at FedEx, Cargill, BMW, and Vermeer Corp., as well as the AFL-CIO. The hearing was widely bipartisan, and lawmakers called it a good first step in the process of developing a massive infrastructure plan. But it remains clear that Congress and the White House still have a long way to go before they can agree on a viable path forward to raise the necessary revenue to improve the nation's transportation system.

Americans Favor New Federal Spending for Infrastructure

January 18, 2017

Americans Favor New Federal Spending for Infrastructure

An overwhelming majority of the general public ranks infrastructure investment as a top priority provided it comes in the form of new direct federal spending, according to a new poll conducted for Politico and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of public health.

December 1, 2016

Mnuchin Reiterates President-Elect's Support for Infrastructure

President-elect Donald Trump's pick to lead the Treasury Department reiterated the incoming administration's commitment to passing a massive infrastructure package calling it a big priority for the administration.

President-Elect's Infrastructure Plans Focus on Private Investment and Tax Credits

November 14, 2016

President-Elect's Infrastructure Plans Focus on Private Investment and Tax Credits

Less than one week after Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States, it is clear that the President-elect places a high priority on infrastructure spending. "We are going to . . . rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals. We're going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none. And we will put millions of our people back to work as we rebuild it," Trump said in his victory speech.

U.S. Department of Transportation Considers Expanding Vending Options at Rest Areas

September 30, 2016

U.S. Department of Transportation Considers Expanding Vending Options at Rest Areas

In a potentially critical development for off-highway businesses such as travel plazas and truckstops, the U.S. Department of Transportation is soliciting public input regarding expanding the types of goods and services that may be offered at highway rest areas located on the right-of-way. The Department is specifically requesting input as to what constitutes a "vending machine," noting that technological advancements in this area have been significant in recent years.

Voters: Federal Government Should Pay to Repair Infrastructure

August 19, 2016

Voters: Federal Government Should Pay to Repair Infrastructure

The nation’s infrastructure has gotten worse over the last five years and the Federal government should bear the primary responsibility for funding repairs, according to a recent survey of 2,000 registered voters.

NATSO Supports Long-Term Highway Funding

June 29, 2016

NATSO Supports Long-Term Highway Funding

As East Coast states experiment with novel highway funding strategies and a new report from a transportation research group highlights the need for additional highway revenue, NATSO's leadership on transportation funding policy becomes even more important.

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.

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: Trucking Issues

December 10, 2015

Delving Into the Highway Bill: Trucking Issues

The five-year, $305 billion highway bill signed into Dec. 4 by President Obama titled Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) contained several important provisions that stand to affect the trucking industry and the truckstops that also operate commercial vehicles. Below is a brief overview of those issues.

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