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.

Senate Appropriations Hands Out FY 2016 Spending Allocations

May 21, 2015 Like its House counterpart, the Senate panel was forced to work from the revised Budget Control Act total of $1,016.6...

Senate Hearing Examines ATC Reform

May 21, 2015 The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held the last in a series of five hearings on the...

December 31 HTF Extension Date Would Tie Into Tax Reform Deadline

May 14, 2015 What’s so special about December 31? Congressional leaders are trying to get Highway Trust Fund programs extended...

Obama Admin’s Repatriation Offset Invites Inclusion in Tax Reform

May 14, 2015 During President Obama’s first term, his proposals for surface transportation reauthorization drew criticism at first...

HTF Offsets Hard To Find; Extension Deadline Approaching

May 14, 2015 As the May 22 practical deadline for Congressional action on Highway Trust Fund extension legislation approaches, the...

Interesting Chart of the Week

May 6, 2015 When looking at federal spending programs over a long period of time, the actual dollar amounts are not particularly...

Sens. Wyden, Hoeven Propose $180 Billion Infrastructure Bonding Plan

May 6, 2015 Senate Finance Committee ranking minority member Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) this week announced a...

House Passes FY16 Corps of Engineers Funding

May 6, 2015 The House of Representatives passed the fiscal 2016 appropriations bill that funds the Army Corps of Engineers water...

Highway Bill Success Will Make Appropriations Problem Harder

July 15, 2015 Both the discretionary side of surface transportation spending (the annual appropriations bills funding the Department...

Senate Begins Procedural Set-Up To Consider Surface Transportation Bill Next Week

July 15, 2015 (Ed. Note: The Senate Commerce Committee’s markup of its portion of the surface transportation bill, originally...

Leaders Continue Mulling 2-Month vs 7-Month HTF Extension

May 6, 2015 Even though the House of Representatives is out of town this week, discussion continues on how Congress should handle...

White House Issues Blanket Veto Threat on FY 2016 Appropriations Bills

April 20, 2015 The White House this week issued veto threats against the first two fiscal 2016 appropriations bills to move through...

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