Congress To Vote On Short-Term Funding Measure, Halting Highway Fund Increases

Congress is expected to vote this week on a stopgap appropriations measure known as a "continuing resolution" (or "CR") to keep the government funded through mid-December. Although this will avoid a government shutdown, it will effectively freeze state and local transportation authorities' funding levels, denying them -- until at least December -- increases they had been anticipating.
 
Specifically, under the highway bill Congress passed last year known as the FAST Act, federal highway and transit programs were scheduled to receive a $1.4 billion increase in fiscal year 2017 over fiscal year 2016 levels.  Because "continuing resolutions" simply continue current programs at their current levels, the higher levels called for in the FAST Act wouldn't take effect. 
 
Instead, state transportation agencies would receive funding at current levels until Congress passes a full fiscal year 2017 transportation spending bill, which will happen no earlier than December.

This is a similar pattern to what has occurred in recent years, but is particularly problematic in this instance for the transportation world because it is the first funding decision made after the FAST Act was enacted.

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David Fialkov is the Vice President of Government Relations, as well as the Legislative and Regulatory Counsel, at NATSO. In this capacity, Mr. Fialkov direct's NATSO's legislative, regulatory, and legal strategy on a range of issues, including transportation, energy and fuels, labor, data security, and taxes. Mr. Fialkov also oversees NATSO's political engagement program, including individualized legal and political counsel to member companies. Prior to joining NATSO, Mr. Fialkov was the senior associate in the Government Affairs and Public Policy practice at the law firm of Steptoe and Johnson in Washington, D.C. At Steptoe, Mr. Fialkov advised clients on legislative, regulatory, and political issues, as well as legal concerns. His primary clients included trade associations representing the motor fuel wholesale and retail industries, including the National Association of Convenience Stores and the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America. Mr. Fialkov's focus was not only on the motor fuels business, but also the litany of other issues that retailers confront, including labor matters, foodservice issues, healthcare and employment issues, tax matters and data security. Prior to joining Steptoe, Mr. Fialkov graduated with honors from George Washington University Law School. He received his B.S. Summa cum laude with highest honors from Clark University in Worcester, MA. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Allison and daughter Lilah. More
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