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.

Highway “Devolution” Bill Introduced

June 11, 2015 The latest iteration of legislation to “devolve” most federal surface transportation programs back to state and...

Transportation Amendments to H.R. 2577 Offered in the House but Not Adopted

Blackburn (TN) amendment making a 1 percent cut in each amount made available by the bill – failed by a roll call vote of 163...

Transportation Amendments to H.R. 2577 Adopted by the House of Representatives

Bass (CA) amendment to prohibit funds provided by the bill from being used by FTA to implement, administer or enforce 49 CFR...

Senate Panel Approves FY16 Corps Funding, But Bill May Not Move to Floor

June 4, 2015 The Senate Appropriations Committee late last month approved a fiscal year 2016 appropriations bill funding the water...

2-Month HTF Extension Signed – What Now?

June 4, 2015 On Friday evening (May 29), President Obama signed into law the second short-term extension of the MAP-21 law (the bill...

Transportation-Related Amendments Offered to the FY16 THUD Bill in the House on June 3

(More amendments, all of which are “limitation” amendments (“no funds in this act may be used for such-and-such”) were offered...

House Starts Work on FY16 Transportation Appropriations

June 4, 2015 The House of Representatives has begun consideration of the fiscal year 2016 appropriations bill for transportation and...

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...

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