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.

Tax Talks Collapse As T&I Eyes Late October Highway Bill Markup

[Updated October 2, 2015 - 2:25 p.m.] High-level talks between senior members of the Congressional tax committees broke down...

Shutdown Averted (Until December 11); Budget Talks on Spending Caps Commence

October 2, 2015 With House and Senate passage (and a Presidential signature) of a stopgap 72-day continuing appropriations package...

House Hearing Examines Interoperability of Electronic Toll Systems

October 1, 2015 On September 30, the House Oversight Subcommittee for Transportation and Public Assets held a hearing on the status...

Senate Advances Clean CR; Congress Clears 6-Month FAA Extension

September 29, 2015 - Updated 2:35 p.m. Yesterday, both the continuing appropriations resolution to fund the discretionary...

Boehner to Resign as Speaker; 6-Month FAA Extension On House Floor Monday

September 25, 2015 - 2:45 p.m. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) stunned the political world by announcing this morning that he will...

Senate Drops FAA Extension From Revised CR

September 24, 2015 - 9:00 p.m. The six-month extension of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spending authorization and the...

White House Directs Agencies to Coordinate Permitting for More Infrastructure Projects

Earlier this week, the White House gave federal agencies new guidance directing all federal agencies to begin using a common website,...

When Is A Bailout No Longer A Bailout?

After years of inaction, short-term bailouts, and extensions, transportation policy has finally begun to move in a different direction....

Senate Begins Consideration of “Clean” CR In Hopes of Avoiding Shutdown

After the Senate failed to muster 60 votes this afternoon to move forward on a stopgap continuing resolution (CR) that contained a ban...

Capitol Hill Events – Week of Sept. 28, 2015

Transportation-related committee meetings on Capitol Hill during the week of September 28: Tuesday, Sept. 29 – Senate...

CR to Dec. 11 Introduced in Senate; Contains 6-Month Aviation Extension

September 22, 2015 Senate leaders this afternoon introduced the text of a stopgap continuing resolution that, if enacted, would fund...

House Highway Markup Likely Slipping To First Week of October

September 18, 2015 With the Senate having passed a three-year surface transportation reauthorization bill (which aspires to be a...

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