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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.

Lawmaker Pushes for New Infrastructure Panel

October 18, 2018

Lawmaker Pushes for New Infrastructure Panel

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) is pushing to create an infrastructure subcommittee within the House Ways and Means Committee if Democrats take back the House in an effort to create a new forum for discussing ways to bolster infrastructure investment, Politico reports.

House Republicans Introduce Tax Reform Measure

November 3, 2017

House Republicans Introduce Tax Reform Measure

The House Ways and Means Committee on Nov. 2 released the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to overhaul major aspects of the U.S. Tax system. The bill will be the subject of Committee consideration next week, kicking off formal tax committee action on the first such overhaul of the U.S. tax system in more than 30 years. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) announced that he plans to release a Senate Republican version of a tax reform bill after the Ways and Means Committee completes its work, as soon as November 9. The Senate Finance Committee could consider its own plan at the same time the full House votes on its plan in an effort to make as much progress as possible on the legislation prior to Thanksgiving.

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.

House Ways and Means Chairman Eyes Short-Term Patch for Highway Trust Fund

March 26, 2015

House Ways and Means Chairman Eyes Short-Term Patch for Highway Trust Fund

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) said March 26 that he is working with House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) on a short-term patch to the Highway Trust Fund to allow more time to work on tax reform, Politico reported.

Rep. Ryan Eyes Corporate Tax Reform to Fix Highway Trust Fund

February 23, 2015

Rep. Ryan Eyes Corporate Tax Reform to Fix Highway Trust Fund

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R.-Wisc.) said repatriation of corporate earnings held overseas would help to fix the Highway Trust Fund provided it was part of overall corporate tax reform, Politico reported.