Funding & Finance

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Federal, state, and local governments all play a significant role in funding $300 billion in annual transportation spending. The federal government 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 have an equally important task to invest in and operate their transportation networks and rely on a broad range of revenue sources, from general revenues and debt, to fuel taxes, fees, and tolls.

The Highway Trust Fund: It’s a Millennial Problem

Before embarking for a long summer vacation, Congress has disappointingly failed, once again, to pass an updated multi-year surface...

A Counterpoint to, “A Constrained Federal Aid Highway Program: Rightsizing for the 21st Century?”

BY KEVIN HEANUE Transportation Consultant In the October edition of Eno Brief, Steve Lockwood presented one view of a future...

2015: Year of Opportunity for Federal Transportation Policy?

As we look back on 2014, it is hard to draw many positive conclusions about recent progress on federal transportation policy. Congress...

CBO Implies Problem With 80-20 HTF Split; Enzi to Chair Budget; Musical Chairs at Senate Appropriations

December 18, 2014 CBO report implies problems with 80-20 gas tax split. Right before Thanksgiving, the Congressional Budget Office...

Senate Passes FY15 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

December 14, 2014 – 10:25 a.m. Last night, the Senate finally passed the $1.1 trillion omnibus appropriations measure, clearing...

Government Shutdown Averted (Again)

December 13, 2014 – 4:15 p.m. After a four-hour series of tedious roll call votes on motions to go in and out of executive...

Action on FY15 Omnibus Held Over Until Saturday (At Least)

December 13, 2014 – 2:00 a.m. There is an old polysci saying: “The Senate has only two rules: unanimous consent and...

Senate 2014 Endgame

December 12, 2014 - 6:05 P.M. SENATE ENDGAME.  Earlier this afternoon, Republican Leader McConnell got up and dangled before...

Update on Appropriations and on Democratic Senate Committee Assignments

December 12, 2014 - 4:07 p.m. Appropriations. This afternoon, the House of Representatives passed another seven-‐day clean...

Two-Day CR Extension Cleared For White House

December 11, 2014 – 10:52 p.m. Both the House and Senate have now cleared H. J. Res. 130, a two-day extension of the existing...

House Passes FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations

December 11, 2014 – 9:40 P.M. After a day of delays and confusion, the House of Representatives has passed the fiscal year...

FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Up For House Vote Today

December 11, 2014 – 8:45 A.M. Omnibus.  House leaders are proceeding on the omnibus appropriations bill (H.R. 83) as if they...

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