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.

FY 1931 Supplemental Appropriations Act for Emergency Construction

Provided an additional $80 million for the federal-aid highway program, $3 million for roads on public lands, and $3 million for forest...

FY 1923 Post Office Appropriations Act

Text of Public Law 244 of the 67th Congress. The first-ever creation of contract authority occurred in this act, as the Congressional...

1916 Federal-Aid Roads Act

Text of Public Law 156 of the 64th Congress, the  Act of July 11, 1916 provided the first federal appropriations for aid to states...

FY 1971 Transportation Appropriations Act

Text of the FY 1971 Department of Transportation appropriations act. Its provenance is complicated. There was a Senate filibuster of...

FY 1987 Transportation Appropriations Act

Text of the Department of Transportation Appropriations Act for fiscal year 1987. Its provenance is complicated. Section 101(l) of...

FY 2007 Transportation-Treasury-Housing-Judiciary Appropriations Act

Text of Public Law 110-5, the year-long continuing resolution for fiscal year 2007. Transportation-Treasury-Housing-Judiciary...

FY 2008 Transportation-Housing Appropriations Act

Text of Public Law 110-161, the omnibus appropriations act for fiscal year 2008. Transportation-Housing appropriations were provided in...

FY 2009 Transportation-Housing Appropriations Act

Text of Public Law 111-8, the omnibus appropriations act for fiscal year 2009. Transportation-Housing appropriations were provided in...

FY 2010 Transportation-Housing Appropriations Act

Text of Public Law 111-117, the omnibus appropriations act for fiscal year 2010. Transportation-Housing appropriations were Division A.

FY 2011 Transportation-Housing Appropriations Act

Text of Public Law 112-10, the year-long continuing appropriations act for fiscal year 2010. Transportation-Housing appropriations were...

FY 2012 Transportation-Housing Appropriations Act

Text of Public Law 112-55, the omnibus appropriations act for fiscal year 2012. Transportation-Housing appropriations are Division C.

FY 2013 Transportation-Housing Appropriations Act

Text of Public Law 113-6, the year-long continuing resolution for fiscal year 2013. Funded as a year-long continuing resolution in...

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