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House Passes Short-Term Highway Patch

July 16, 2014

House Passes Short-Term Highway Patch

The U.S. House of Representatives passed an $11 billion bailout of the Highway Trust Fund that also extends the current highway law until May 2015.

House and Senate Approve Transportation Funding Patches

July 11, 2014

House and Senate Approve Transportation Funding Patches

Key House and Senate Committee’s charged with shoring up the dwindling Highway Trust Fund reported out legislation July 10 that would patch the fund until May 2015, when lawmakers aim to tackle a long-term solution.

DOT Prepares to Delay State Reimbursements

July 2, 2014

DOT Prepares to Delay State Reimbursements

The Department of Transportation said it will delay reimbursements to states when the Highway Trust Fund dips below $4 billion around Aug. 1.

Senate Panel Postpones Vote on Trust Fund Bill

June 27, 2014

Senate Panel Postpones Vote on Trust Fund Bill

Leaders of the Senate Finance Committee said June 26 they will meet the week of July 7 to consider a short-term patch to the dwindling Highway Trust Fund, which will fall below its required $4 billion in July.

Lawmakers Eye Short-Term Bridge for Highway Trust Fund

June 20, 2014

Lawmakers Eye Short-Term Bridge for Highway Trust Fund

Lawmakers are eyeing a short-term patch to the Highway Trust Fund in an effort to keep infrastructure funds flowing through the end of this year, BNA has reported.

Rep. DeFazio Introduces Bill to Create Oil Barrel Tax

June 12, 2014

Rep. DeFazio Introduces Bill to Create Oil Barrel Tax

Rep. Peter DeFazio (D.-Ore.) on June 11 introduced legislation that would eliminate the current fuel tax in lieu of a per-barrel levy on oil sales to fund federal transportation projects.

Senate Finance Committee Aims to Move Transportation Funding Bill by July 4

June 6, 2014

Senate Finance Committee Aims to Move Transportation Funding Bill by July 4

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said the Committee is working to move a highway and transit funding bill before the July 4 recess.

House Republicans Prepare One-Year Extension of Transportation Legislation

June 2, 2014

House Republicans Prepare One-Year Extension of Transportation Legislation

House Republican Leaders on May 30 said they will propose a one-year extension of surface transportation legislation paid for by trimming Saturday postal services and transferring the balance of the Leaking Underground Storage Tank Trust Fund to the Highway Trust Fund.

Senate Leaders Offer Transportation Bill

May 14, 2014

Senate Leaders Offer Transportation Bill

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) on May 13 released a transportation bill (S. 2322) that would reauthorize current transportation law for six years at current funding levels plus inflation.

Senate Finance Committee Begins Debate on Transportation Funding

May 9, 2014

Senate Finance Committee Begins Debate on Transportation Funding

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee on May 6 began debating how to fund surface transportation programs in an effort to find ways to close severe funding gaps before the current transportation legislation expires Sept. 30.

Trust Fund Deficit Could Delay State Projects By Summer

March 13, 2014

Trust Fund Deficit Could Delay State Projects By Summer

Dwindling resources in the Highway Trust Fund could delay reimbursements to states, threatening jobs and infrastructure projects nationwide by summer, a Department of Transportation official told lawmakers March 12.

Tax Plans Spur Transportation Funding Debate

February 27, 2014

Tax Plans Spur Transportation Funding Debate

The long-standing debate over how to fund transportation was kicked into high gear Feb. 26, when President Obama and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp issued radically different tax plans for generating revenues for the Highway Trust Fund, which is set to expire at the end of October.

Sen. Boxer Aims to Introduce Highway Bill in April

February 13, 2014

Sen. Boxer Aims to Introduce Highway Bill in April

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said Feb. 12 that she aims to introduce a highway funding bill in April, more than six months before the current policy expires.

U.S. Chamber Urges Congress to Raise Motor Fuels Tax

February 13, 2014

U.S. Chamber Urges Congress to Raise Motor Fuels Tax

Increasing the motor fuels tax is the most straightforward and effective way to raise money for the Highway Trust Fund the President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce told Congress.

Endorsing Higher Fuel Taxes Critical

February 7, 2014

Endorsing Higher Fuel Taxes Critical

Raising fuel taxes remains the best option for generating critical revenues for the Highway Trust Fund by ensuring that funding levels keep up with inflation without threatening businesses that serve interstate travelers, Lisa Mullings President and CEO of NATSO said in a recent column written for CSP Magazine.

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.

Former Gov. Rendell Pushes For More Tolling

July 29, 2013

Former Gov. Rendell Pushes For More Tolling

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell is urging Congress to lift the ban on interstate tolling as a method of increasing revenues into the Highway Trust Fund.

As Highway Trust Fund Hits Insolvency, Lawmakers Discuss Gas Tax Increase

July 25, 2013

As Highway Trust Fund Hits Insolvency, Lawmakers Discuss Gas Tax Increase

Lawmakers on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Tuesday debated the possibility of increasing the 18.4 cents per gallon federal gas tax for the first time since 1993.

Rep. Shuster Urges Republicans to Support Federal Spending on Transportation

July 22, 2013

Rep. Shuster Urges Republicans to Support Federal Spending on Transportation

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Penn.) is urging Republicans to support federal spending on transportation.

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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