Falling gasoline prices and rising vehicle miles traveled (VMT) over the past 12 months have stimulated discussion about what these recent trends foretell about economic impacts, life-style changes,and American travel patterns. There has, however, been less attention directed to the possible environmental impacts of these trends and what they might mean about global climate change.
Eno Transportation Weekly
Category: Senate EPW Committee
TITLE I – FEDERAL-AID HIGHWAYS Subtitle A – Authorizations and Programs Sec. 1001. Authorization of appropriations. Authorizes appropriations from the Highway Trust Fund (see table). Clarifies that such authorizations are contract authority and are… Sorry – you don’t have access to this item. Please log in below, or check out our membership options.
June 25, 2015 – The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee yesterday approved, by a unanimous vote of 20 to 0, a highway reauthorization bill providing $277.4 billion in Highway Trust Fund contract authority for the Federal Highway Administration over the six-year period of fiscal 2016 to 2021.
June 18, 2015 – Members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee anxiously await the release of the Inhofe-Boxer highway bill.
May 14, 2015 – As the May 22 practical deadline for Congressional action on Highway Trust Fund extension legislation approaches, the tax-writing committees of Congress are having difficulty coming up with the $10-11 billion in offsets needed to fully pay for the bailout of the Trust Fund that will be needed to keep the HTF solvent through December 31.
February 26, 2015 – A hearing of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee yesterday appeared to be called with the main purpose of discrediting the “devolution” proposal pushed by some Senate conservatives that would decrease federal gasoline and diesel taxes and cut the size of federal surface transportation programs.
February 11, 2015 – Senate Environment and Public Works Committee ranking minority member Barbara Boxer (D-CA) made it official this week: she is using her seniority to bump Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) from his post as the head Democrat on the important Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on EPW.
January 14, 2015 – Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) announced on January 8 that she will not seek re-election next year and will be retiring from the Senate as of January 2017 after serving 24 years in the Senate.
January 14, 2015 – A recent Federal Highway Administration analysis (performed at Congressional request) of the “devolution” proposal for surface transportation programs, as introduced in legislation by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA) in the last Congress, reveals that even though the legislation drastically shrinks the size of federal surface transportation program spending from the Highway Trust Fund (from $50.8 billion under the MAP-21 law in FY 2014 down to $8.5 billion in FY 2019), the bill would still require about $50 billion in additional bailouts of the Highway Trust Fund by the general fund over that time period.
June 24, 2015 – The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has approved S. 1647, a six-year highway funding authorization bill, adopting a few amendments. The “DRIVE Act” now faces an uncertain future, with the Senate Finance Committee trying to find over $100 billion in new revenue to support the Highway Trust Fund for the life of the bill.
December 15, 2014 – Senate Republicans announced their committee assignments for the upcoming Congress today, joining Democrats who made the assignments last week. However, Republicans have not formally selected committee chairmen for the upcoming Congress yet (in most cases there is no contest, but we are thinking mostly of Budget, where there is a contest).
December 12, 2014 – The House of Representatives has passed another clean seven-day CRD, and Senate Democrats have announced their committee assignments for the upcoming Congress.