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House Unveils Highway Bill

The House of Representatives on Oct. 16 unveiled a six-year, $325 billion highway bill with just two weeks remaining until the current extension to highway funding law is set to expire. It is a companion bill to the Senate's Drive Act passed in July. It is unlikely that both chambers will be able to iron out differences between the two bills before current highway legislation expires at the end of October. As a result, although the House legislation is a crucial step in the process, NATSO expects at least one more temporary highway bill to be enacted before Congress is able to pass long-term legislation. More

Congress Passes Short-Term Highway Patch

Congress on July 30 passed a stopgap three-month measure to finance federal highway and transportation projects. The measure is expected to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent through December. More

Senate Continues Six-Year Highway Bill Push, Deadline Looms

With just days remaining until the expiration of current highway funding law, the Senate continues to push forward with a six-year federal highway bill, teeing up a show down with the House, which passed a five-month extension to transportation programs earlier this month. More

Lawmakers Divided Over Highway Bill

Members of Congress returned to Washington to begin a four-week work period where they will need to address a number of significant policy matters, including funding the Highway Trust Fund, before the annual August recess. More

Anti-Tolling Coalition Urges Senate EPW to Reject Tolling Expansion

NATSO joined more than 80 organizations representing a cross-section of the U.S. economy in urging members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to reject expanding tolling on existing interstates when it marks up a long-term highway bill June 24. More

Rep. Ryan Steadfast in Opposition to Gas Tax Increase

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) reiterated his opposition to raising the motor fuels tax to fund a long-term infrastructure program during a committee hearing in which industry groups urged Congress to quickly find a sustainable funding source for the Highway Trust Fund. More

Expanded Tolling Would Harm Business, President of Melvin Davis Oil Says

Tolling existing interstates would put businesses at a competitive disadvantage by forcing them to increase wages to attract and retain a workforce, Rex Davis, president of Melvin L. Davis Oil said during a recent interview with WWBT NBC 12. More

Anti-Tolling Coalition Urges Lawmakers to Keep Tolls Off of Existing Interstates

Stripping away federal funding for surface transportation projects and eliminating the federal government’s constitutionally mandated role in promoting interstate commerce would burden states and open the door for widespread tolling of existing interstates, the Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates (ATFI) wrote in a recent editorial. More

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. More

Senate Kicks Off Highway Bill Debate

At a hearing kicking off Senate debate of the highway bill, Senator David Vitter (R-La.) laid out what he considers to be three viable options for fixing shortfalls in the Highway Trust Fund. More

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