Issue / Federal Funding

Federal, state, and local governments all play a significant role in funding $300 billion in annual transportation spending. The federal government, which funds about a third of the system, supplies important capital funding for highways, transit systems, airports, waterways, and ports while also operating the nation’s air traffic control system. State and local governments augment federal spending with their own to invest in and operate their transportation networks. Federal transportation law dictates how and where transportation is spent. Local funding and finance rely on a broad range of revenue sources, from ballot box measures to tolling and VMT fees.

Debt Limit, Appropriations Showdowns Now Synced for December – Will Infrastructure Join Them?

Last night, the Senate passed a $480 billion increase in the federal debt ceiling by a party-line vote of 50-48 (two Republicans missed...

CBO Finds One-Fourth of Federal Highway Funding Increases Offset by State/Local Cuts

A new study by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office finds that "Under typical conditions, after receiving an additional dollar...

Senate Clears 1-Month HTF Extension for President’s Signature

At 1:30 p.m. today, the U.S. Senate held a special session lasting less than five minutes, during which the Senate passed legislation...

House Passes 30-Day Surface Extension as Infrastructure Bill Shelved Temporarily

After a day-long lapse in Highway Trust Fund spending authority and the furlough of some 3,700 U.S. Department of Transportation...

Senate Faces More Debt Limit Drama Next Week

The U.S. Senate will have more debt ceiling showdown votes next week. The drama started on September 27, when the Senate failed, by...

FY22 CR Enacted; Appropriations Through December 3 Pro-Rated to Agencies Today

Yesterday evening, President Biden signed into law a $285 billion stopgap spending bill that kept the federal government open (except...

Derailed Biden infrastructure package could mean loss of $10B for New York Transit

“The longer this hangs out there, the greater the chance you’ll have to open it up and perform some surgery on it,” said Jeff...

This federal agency could shut down if Congress doesn’t pass an infrastructure bill this week

There were five short extensions in 2014 and 2015 before a five-year bill passed, according to a tally maintained by Jeff Davis, a...

Senate CR Vote Set for Monday, Debt Limit Likely to Be Split Off

The Senate has set a showdown vote for 5:30 p.m. on Monday, September 27 on a stopgap continuing resolution for fiscal 2022 that also...

Infrastructure vote suspense prompts worries about highway bill

If the Senate bill fails in the House, that wouldn’t necessarily kill the bill, according to Jeff Davis of the Eno Center for...

Deadlines Start Catching Up with Congress Next Week

After a very slow month, Congress will have to making moves next week to pass some key fiscal policy legislation next week, staring...

T&I Leaders Unveil $57 Billion Budget Reconciliation Spending Plan

The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Peter DeFazio (D-OR), has released the "chairman's mark"...

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