House Opens Highway Bill Debate

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx urged lawmakers to pass a long-term measure to boost U.S. infrastructure spending Feb. 11 at a hearing kicking off House discussions of the highway bill.

Testifying at a hearing held by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Foxx said Congress has essentially been saying stop at a time when the United States should be building more.

Foxx also reiterated the Obama Administration’s push for its six-year, $478 billion proposal unveiled in the 2016 budget.

Although tolling was not discussed during the hearing, in a subsequent “Twitter Townhall” Foxx said tolling should be part of the mix of solutions for funding infrastructure.

Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa. ), who participated with Foxx, responded that while Congress is looking at all options to ensure the trust fund is fully funded he did not think there is a will in the U.S. to toll interstates.

 

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Tiffany Wlazlowski Neuman develops and executes communications strategies to advance NATSO’s public relations and advocacy goals. Tiffany also develops and oversees partnerships related to the NATSO Foundation’s public outreach initiatives. Tiffany lives in the D.C. metro area with her husband and their two sons.More
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