Funding & Finance

Issues & Modes / Funding & Finance

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.

House Committee Approves FY16 Homeland Appropriations Bill

July 15, 2015 The House Appropriations Committee yesterday by a 32 to 17 vote gave its approval to the fiscal year 2016...

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...

House HTF Extension Continues TSA User Fee Mismatch

July 15, 2015 The House’s five-month Highway Trust Fund extension bill (H.R. 3038) pays for $3 billion of its $8 billion HTF...

Congressional Estimators Deal Blow To Repatriation Holiday Concept

May 6, 2015 The official scorekeepers of Congressional legislation that would change tax law dealt a potentially fatal blow last...

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...

Still No Agreement on HTF Extension; Late-May Brinksmanship Likely

April 30, 2015 Congressional leaders continue to talk behind the scenes about the duration of the forthcoming extension of Highway...

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