March 29, 2017 – Thirty years ago this week, an 18-month struggle over the future of federal highway and mass transit funding came to a head: President Ronald Reagan became the first chief executive to veto a federal-aid highway authorization bill, and Congress overrode the veto.
Eno Transportation Weekly
Category: Highway Bill
July 1, 2016 – As ETW noted earlier, this week marked the 100th anniversary of the House and Senate approving the final version of the bill that created the federal-aid highway program. The bill (H.R. 7617, 64th Congress) was then sent to President Wilson, who waited until July 11, 1916 to sign it into law (39 Stat. 355).
December 9, 2015 – Compares major funding and policy provisions in the just-enacted FAST Act to the major funding and policy priorities of the Administration’s GROW AMERICA proposal.
December 5, 2015 – Late yesterday afternoon, President Obama signed into law the FAST Act (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation), H.R. 22. There was no ceremony and no fanfare – just a simple statement from the White House that the President had signed the bill (which followed a presidential statement from earlier yesterday morning saying that the bill was “not perfect, but it is a commonsense compromise, and an important first step in the right direction”).
December 4, 2015 – In discussing the FAST Act conference agreement with many reporters over the last three days, there were a lot of “top-line” total dollar amounts being thrown around. Most of them are technically accurate but are used to describe different things.
December 4, 2015 – Yesterday, both chambers of Congress approved legislation providing $281 billion from the Highway Trust Fund for surface transportation programs over the next five fiscal years and authorizing the continuation of general fund surface programs as well.
Here is a set of links to the information resources regarding the FAST Act that Eno has assembled thus far.
Thursday, December 3, 2015 – 9:03 p.m. The U.S. Senate has agreed to the conference report on the five-year surface transportation authorization bill (H.R. 22, the FAST Act) by a 83-16 vote at 9:01 p.m., clearing the measure for President Obama’s … Sorry – you don’t have access to this item.
December 3, 2015 – The House of Representatives has passed the conference report on the FAST Act (the five-year surface transportation reauthorization bill, H.R. 22) by the wide vote margin of 359 to 65.
December 2, 2015 – Congress still appears on track for final action on the long-awaited surface transportation reauthorization bill (H.R.
December 1, 2015 – The final conference agreement on the surface transportation reauthorization bill (H.R. 22) was filed in the House at 2:34 p.m. today. The legislative text of the conference report (the FAST Act, for Fixing America’s Surface Transportation) is here and the text of the joint explanatory statement of the conferees is here.
December 1, 2015 – Transportation negotiators on Capitol Hill hope to file the conference report on the surface transportation reauthorization bill this afternoon, which will make the text of the final agreement public for the first time. House members of the joint conference committee were notified last night that they will be able to inspect a copy of the final conference report starting at 10:30 a.m.
November 30, 2015 – Congressional staff worked through Thanksgiving week (and its bookended weekends) in hopes of finalizing a conference agreement on the surface transportation reauthorization bill (H.R. 22) by tonight. The transportation-related portions of the agreement appear to be finalized.
Congressional staff worked through the weekend trying to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions of H.R. 22, the DRIVE Act. It now appears that, contra to Senate Environment and Public Works chairman Jim Inhofe’s (R-OK) public prediction on November 19 that the senior conferees would be making a “big announcement” on the 20th giving a very broad outline of a deal on a surface transportation bill, no such public announcement on the legislation will likely be forthcoming until Congress returns next week (though the staff will keep working).
November 20, 2015 – House and Senate leaders were tantalizingly close to announcing the broad strokes of a framework for a conference agreement on the surface transportation bill (H.R. 22) today, but since, in conference, nothing is agreed to until everything is agreed to, disputes over parts of the bill in one committee’s purview have bled over into parts of the bill under other committee jurisdiction.
November 18, 2015 – Transportation funding legislation will take big steps forward in two different venues today, as the joint House-Senate conference committee on the surface transportation reauthorization bill (H.R. 22) holds its first (and likely only) public meeting today at 10 a.m.
November 16, 2015 – What appears to be a busy news week on the transportation front actually started last Friday evening. Just after 6 p.m. last Friday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) made public what ETW has been saying for some time – that another short-term extension of Highway Trust Fund programs past November 20 will be necessary.
November 6, 2015 – The House of Representatives has passed its version of a six-year surface transportation authorization bill.
November 6, 2015 – What started as an effort to prevent banks from paying $17 billion towards the cost of the highway bill may turn into the Federal Reserve paying $69 billion towards the cost of the highway bill.
November 5, 2015 – The House of Representatives has completed action on the surface transportation reauthorization bill (H.R. 22, the DRIVE Act). Our amendment log has been updated to reflect final House action on all amendments, with roll call votes. The key action was adoption of the Neugebauer (R-TX) amendment which adds an additional net $40 billion of “pay-fors” to the House bill, which could allow conferees to negotiate a final bill at the House’s funding levels with enough Highway Trust Fund solvency to last all six years.