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President Offers No Details on Infrastructure in State of the Union

February 6, 2019

President Offers No Details on Infrastructure in State of the Union

President Donald Trump renewed his call for a major infrastructure investment during his State of the Union address on Jan. 5, but offered no details on his plans as he urged Republicans and Democrats to work together to pass legislation to rebuild and revitalize the nation’s crumbling infrastructure.

Looking Ahead in 2019

January 2, 2019

Looking Ahead in 2019

The New Year will usher in a new chapter of the Trump Administration that will have wide-ranging consequences for NATSO’s policy priorities. Here is an overview of NATSO’s top legislative issues and their outlook for 2019.

Rep. DeFazio to Propose VMT Pilot Program

December 5, 2018

Rep. DeFazio to Propose VMT Pilot Program

Incoming House Transportation Committee Chairman Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) said Dec. 5 that he plans to propose a national vehicle miles traveled (VMT) pilot program.

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.

As Lawmakers Eye Infrastructure, Funding Remains a Key Challenge

November 15, 2018

As Lawmakers Eye Infrastructure, Funding Remains a Key Challenge

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Nov. 14 that he hopes the next Congress can pass an infrastructure package, but that the same challenges in securing funding will dog any proposals, Politico reported.

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.

House Subcommittee Explores Long-Term Infrastructure Pay Fors

March 8, 2018

House Subcommittee Explores Long-Term Infrastructure Pay Fors

The House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit capped off a series of Congressional hearings on infrastructure March 7, this time exploring long-term funding options for infrastructure.

House T&I Committee Chairman Shuster Supports Private Financing of Infrastructure at Hearing

October 12, 2017

House T&I Committee Chairman Shuster Supports Private Financing of Infrastructure at Hearing

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) strongly advocated for private financing as a means of funding infrastructure projects during a Subcommittee hearing Oct. 11, demonstrating a willingness to support policies that would lead to the commercialization of Interstate rest areas and threaten the truckstop and travel plaza industry. During a House Highways and Transit Subcommittee hearing to explore solutions for boosting infrastructure investment and stabilizing the Highway Trust Fund, Rep. Shuster spoke positively about Connecticut's decision to allow a private company to lease its on-highway travel plazas to finance upgrades to the facilities as well as Australia’s asset recycling program, which funds new infrastructure and revitalizes existing infrastructure through the sale or lease of public assets.

House Democrats Urge DOT to Reconsider Changes to Infrastructure Grant Program

July 27, 2017

House Democrats Urge DOT to Reconsider Changes to Infrastructure Grant Program

Thirteen Democratic Members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee urged Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao July 27 to reconsider DOT’s approach to the infrastructure grant program known as INFRA, arguing that recent revisions distort the objectives of the program and rewrite Congressional intent.

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.

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