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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Senate EPW Committee Approves Six-Year Highway Bill

June 24, 2015

Senate EPW Committee Approves Six-Year Highway Bill

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) on June 24 unanimously approved a bipartisan $275 billion highway bill that would fund the nation’s highway program for six years.

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.

Rep. Boustany Opposes Using International Tax Reform for Highways

June 4, 2015

Rep. Boustany Opposes Using International Tax Reform for Highways

A key Republican working on a plan to rewrite the international tax code, said he would oppose any efforts to use his plan to help financing a highway funding package, Politico reported.

EPW Poised to Unveil Highway Bill

May 27, 2015

EPW Poised to Unveil Highway Bill

The Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee is scheduled to mark up a six-year highway bill June 24. It remains unclear, however, where how lawmakers will fund a long-term infrastructure program.

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.

Lawmakers Divided Over Highway Bill Extension

May 8, 2015

Lawmakers Divided Over Highway Bill Extension

Although a short-term patch to the current highway bill is expected soon, Senate Republicans continue to disagree over how to fund an extension and how long it should last.

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