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.

Biden Signs $1.9T COVID/Stimulus Bill Into Law

President Biden signed into law yesterday the latest $1.9 trillion COVID relief and economic stimulus bill (H.R. 1319), now called the...

Giving Guaranteed Multi-Year Funding for Transportation Outside a Trust Fund

Surface transportation reauthorization legislation is due from Congress this year, and increased investment in infrastructure of all...

Democrats to Struggle Going ‘Solo’ on Main Parts of Highway Bill

Jeff Davis said highway bills passed using regular order have been able to inject funding into the highway trust fund to keep it...

Airlines, public transit agencies say $1.9 trillion relief plan would prevent deep cuts, job losses

Jeff Davis discusses industry survival measures while reviewing funding aspects of the latest coronavirus relief package.  

Reconciliation Bill On Hold Pending Unemployment Insurance Agreement

The only thing more tedious than a Senate vote-a-rama is, apparently, a suspended vote-a-rama. The period of post-debate amendment...

Biden Meets With Bipartisan House Members on Infrastructure

President Joe Biden hosted an Oval Office meeting yesterday with a bipartisan group of House members to discuss infrastructure...

T&I Democrats Announce They Will Earmark Their Infrastructure Bills

This week, the Democratic leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee announced that they would accept requests...

An Update on the Precarious State of the Aviation Industry

COVID-19 has landed the aviation industry in the largest crisis in its history. With the pandemic still ongoing and passengers levels...

As Democrats bring back earmarks for transportation projects, billions of dollars from years ago sits unused

Eno's Jeff Davis discusses the recent history of earmarks as Congress debates their reintroduction.  

House Democrats Bring Back Appropriations Earmarks, but Transportation Scope Unclear

The new chairman of the House Appropriations Committee announced on February 26 (in a 5 p.m. Friday afternoon news dump) that the...

House to Vote on $1.9 Trillion COVID Stimulus Tonight

The House of Representatives is expected to vote late tonight on the $1.9 trillion COVID aid and stimulus bill (H.R. 1319) being moved...

Senate Public Works Panel Kicks Off 2021 Infrastructure Hearings

This week, the Senate Environment and Public Work Committee’s hearing on infrastructure investment set some incredibly lofty goals...

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