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.

DOT, Corps Funding Included in $2T “Minibus” Package Headed for House Vote Next Week

A seven-bill "minibus" package of appropriations legislation for fiscal year 2022, which includes the Transportation-HUD and Energy and...

Earmark Patterns in the House’s INVEST Act

The Federal Highway Administration has completed its highway funding projections under the INVEST in America Act (H.R. 3684), as passed...

Bipartisan infrastructure talks said to be stuck on transit

That 80-20 split of new revenues was maintained when Congress raised the gas tax again in 1990 by five cents and again in 1993,...

Bipartisan Infrastructure, Budget Plans May (Finally) Take Shape Next Week

This week was supposed to be the week that the big decisions were made and the final details nailed down on the bipartisan...

House Spending Panel OKs $109B FY22 DOT Budget

Earlier this afternoon, the House Appropriations Committee, by a party-line vote of 33 to 24, approved a draft appropriations bill...

House Panel Approves $8.7 Billion in Corps Water Funding (With $2.1 Billion Taken Off-Budget)

Earlier today, the House Appropriations Committee approved a draft bill appropriating $8.7 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers'...

Amtrak pushes 15-year plan to boost northeastern corridor

Jeff Davis, Senior Fellow of the Eno Center for Transportation, said he hopes that many of the Commission’s initial projects will...

FY22 House USDOT Appropriations Account-Level Table

This is a 3-page PDF file showing every appropriations account in the draft fiscal 2022 Department of Transportation appropriations...

House Passes INVEST Act

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3684, the INVEST in America Act, as amended, by an almost completely party-line...

Biden Campaigns for Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill (Not House Bill)

President Biden this week went on the road to campaign for the bipartisan infrastructure deal he struck with a small group of Senators...

House Will Let Senate Go First on FY22 Budget Blueprint

House Budget Committee chairman John Yarmuth (D-KY) made it official this week: he is calling off his plans to have his panel mark up a...

House Appropriators Subdivide $1.5 Trillion in FY22 Funding; Transportation-HUD Gets $10.6 Billion Increase

This week, the House Appropriations Committee formally approved its chairman's plan to subdivide $1.5 trillion in new spending...

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