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Category: DRIVE Act

Senate Approves FAST Act Conference Report, 83-16

Thursday, December 3, 2015 – 9:03 p.m. The U.S. Senate has agreed to the conference report on the five-year surface transportation authorization bill (H.R. 22, the FAST Act) by a 83-16 vote at 9:01 p.m., clearing the measure for President Obama’s … Sorry – you don’t have access to this item.

House Passes FAST Act, 359-65

December 3, 2015 – The House of Representatives has passed the conference report on the FAST Act (the five-year surface transportation reauthorization bill, H.R. 22) by the wide vote margin of 359 to 65.

FAST Act Update

December 2, 2015 – Congress still appears on track for final action on the long-awaited surface transportation reauthorization bill (H.R.

5-year, $281 Billion HTF Conference Report Filed

December 1, 2015 – The final conference agreement on the surface transportation reauthorization bill (H.R. 22) was filed in the House at 2:34 p.m. today. The legislative text of the conference report (the FAST Act, for Fixing America’s Surface Transportation) is here and the text of the joint explanatory statement of the conferees is here.

Highway Conference Report To Be Filed This Afternoon (Hopefully)

December 1, 2015 – Transportation negotiators on Capitol Hill hope to file the conference report on the surface transportation reauthorization bill this afternoon, which will make the text of the final agreement public for the first time. House members of the joint conference committee were notified last night that they will be able to inspect a copy of the final conference report starting at 10:30 a.m.

Highway Bill Text May Be Finalized Tonight

November 30, 2015 – Congressional staff worked through Thanksgiving week (and its bookended weekends) in hopes of finalizing a conference agreement on the surface transportation reauthorization bill (H.R. 22) by tonight. The transportation-related portions of the agreement appear to be finalized.

Highway Bill Update and Document of the Week

Congressional staff worked through the weekend trying to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions of H.R. 22, the DRIVE Act. It now appears that, contra to Senate Environment and Public Works chairman Jim Inhofe’s (R-OK) public prediction on November 19 that the senior conferees would be making a “big announcement” on the 20th giving a very broad outline of a deal on a surface transportation bill, no such public announcement on the legislation will likely be forthcoming until Congress returns next week (though the staff will keep working).

Deal on Highway Bill Framework Close but Elusive

November 20, 2015 – House and Senate leaders were tantalizingly close to announcing the broad strokes of a framework for a conference agreement on the surface transportation bill (H.R. 22) today, but since, in conference, nothing is agreed to until everything is agreed to, disputes over parts of the bill in one committee’s purview have bled over into parts of the bill under other committee jurisdiction.

Congress Prepares For Conference on Highway Bill

November 16, 2015 – What appears to be a busy news week on the transportation front actually started last Friday evening. Just after 6 p.m. last Friday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) made public what ETW has been saying for some time – that another short-term extension of Highway Trust Fund programs past November 20 will be necessary.

House Passes Highway Bill With Funding For All Six Years

November 5, 2015 – The House of Representatives has completed action on the surface transportation reauthorization bill (H.R. 22, the DRIVE Act). Our amendment log has been updated to reflect final House action on all amendments, with roll call votes. The key action was adoption of the Neugebauer (R-TX) amendment which adds an additional net $40 billion of “pay-fors” to the House bill, which could allow conferees to negotiate a final bill at the House’s funding levels with enough Highway Trust Fund solvency to last all six years.

Six-Year Highway Bill Within Reach As House To Pass DRIVE Act Today

November 5, 2015 – The House of Representatives wrapped up debate on the DRIVE Act (the Senate surface transportation reauthorization bill), as amended by the STRR Act (the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s substitute for large parts of the bill) at 1:02 a.m. this morning.

House Rules Panel Approves Procedure For Remaining Highway Bill Consideration

November 4, 2015 – What follows is an update on the House Rules Committee’s action late Tuesday night to set the stage for Wednesday and Thursday’s House debate on the surface transportation bill, as well as a brief recap of Tuesday’s initial debate. Please note that we have updated our amendment log to include the results of all amendments offered on the House floor and Tuesday and include the list of all amendments made in order for Wednesday and Thursday.

House to Vote on Budget Deal Today; Procedures Announced for Highway Bill Consideration in House; Senate May Vote on Short-Term Highway Trust Fund Extension Today

October 28, 2015 – Last night, the House Rules Committee set the stage for today’s House consideration of the FY 2016-2017 budget deal and also announced some of the procedures under which the House will consider the surface transportation reauthorization bill next week. And the Senate will hopefully vote on the latest short-term highway extension sometime today.

House Passage of Ex-Im Bank Bill May Ease Path for DRIVE Act

October 16, 2014 – One of the major political obstacles to House consideration of the Senate-passed surface transportation bill (the DRIVE Act) took a big step closer towards being resolved last Friday. Legislation reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank of the United States will come to the House floor for a vote on Monday October 26, over the objections of a majority of House Republicans as well as the objections of the chairman of the committee of jurisdiction and most members of the House Republican leadership.

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