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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.

Senate EPW Committee Looks at Highways, Talks Fuel Tax and Public-Private Partnerships

November 29, 2018

Senate EPW Committee Looks at Highways, Talks Fuel Tax and Public-Private Partnerships

The Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee convened a hearing on November 28 to discuss surface transportation issues. Entitled, “Addressing America’s Surface Transportation Infrastructure Needs,” the hearing largely focused on funding the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), with witnesses telling lawmakers that increasing the federal fuel tax would be the most efficient way to shore up the HTF in the short-term.

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.

NATSO Analysis: Chairman Shuster Infrastructure Proposal

July 25, 2018

NATSO Analysis: Chairman Shuster Infrastructure Proposal

This week retiring House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) released draft legislation outlining his vision for enhanced infrastructure investment. The draft legislation is designed to facilitate a process whereby the United States can recalibrate how it pays for infrastructure as it moves into the middle part of the 21st Century, while at the same time providing a mechanism to adequately fund such investment in the near-term as the process plays out. Although many stakeholders -- including NATSO -- object to certain provisions in the draft legislation, it nonetheless represents a important continuation of -- and positive shift in -- the discussion President Trump started when he released his own infrastructure proposal earlier this year.

Congressman Shuster Unveils Infrastructure Vision

July 24, 2018

Congressman Shuster Unveils Infrastructure Vision

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) on July 23 unveiled his framework for the future of infrastructure policy, which included encouraging states to lease their infrastructure assets to the private sector as well as temporarily boosting the motor fuels tax until it can be replaced with per-mile fees.

Top GOP Senator Won't Rule Out Fuel Tax Increase

November 1, 2017

Top GOP Senator Won't Rule Out Fuel Tax Increase

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, said that he won't rule out raising the motor fuels tax as a means of increasing infrastructure revenues. Senator Thune's comments came just days after White House officials told a group of moderate House lawmakers that they are considering a gas tax hike to help offset President Trump’s infrastructure proposal.

Trump Administration Announces Support for Tolling, Rest Area Commercialization

May 23, 2017

Trump Administration Announces Support for Tolling, Rest Area Commercialization

The Trump Administration released its 2018 budget proposal on May 23, and it includes recommendations to change federal law in a manner that would effectively crush the truckstop and travel plaza industry.

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.

President Reiterates Call for $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

March 1, 2017

President Reiterates Call for $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

During his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Donald Trump reiterated his call for a $1 trillion infrastructure package that would be financed with both public and private funds.

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.

Senate Confirms Elaine Chao as Secretary of Transportation

January 31, 2017

Senate Confirms Elaine Chao as Secretary of Transportation

The U.S. Senate on Jan. 31 voted 93 to 6, confirming Elaine Chao as the 18th Secretary of Transportation, replacing outgoing Secretary Anthony Foxx.

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.

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.

Hillary Clinton Promises Massive Infrastructure Bill

August 12, 2016

Hillary Clinton Promises Massive Infrastructure Bill

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, in an economic speech on Thursday August 11, said that her proposed infrastructure plan is the best way to put Americans to work.

NATSO Pleased that Presidential Candidates Support Infrastructure Investment

July 20, 2016

NATSO Pleased that Presidential Candidates Support Infrastructure Investment

Although there is not a lot that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton agree on, there is common ground on the state of the nation's roads and bridges. Both presidential candidates have highlighted the need to invest in infrastructure as a way to kickstart economic growth, an issue on which NATSO's government affairs team is a leading voice in Washington.

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.

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