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.

Ways and Means to Hold HTF Hearing; Senate Finance Continues Work

June 11, 2015 Yesterday, House Ways and Means Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced that his panel will hold a long-awaited...

Ex-Im Bank Reauthorization May Be Linked To Highway Extension

June 11, 2015 In a new interview released over the weekend, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made his most explicit...

Section-by-Section Summary of the Transportation Empowerment Act (114th Congress)

Sec. 1. Short title. Provides that the Act can be cited as the “Transportation Empowerment Act.” Sec. 2. Findings and purposes....

Highway “Devolution” Bill Introduced

June 11, 2015 The latest iteration of legislation to “devolve” most federal surface transportation programs back to state and...

Transportation Amendments to H.R. 2577 Offered in the House but Not Adopted

Blackburn (TN) amendment making a 1 percent cut in each amount made available by the bill – failed by a roll call vote of 163...

Transportation Amendments to H.R. 2577 Adopted by the House of Representatives

Bass (CA) amendment to prohibit funds provided by the bill from being used by FTA to implement, administer or enforce 49 CFR...

House Passes FY16 Transportation Appropriations Bill

June 11, 2015 The House of Representatives has passed a fiscal year 2016 appropriations bill for transportation and housing programs...

Senate Panel Approves FY16 Corps Funding, But Bill May Not Move to Floor

June 4, 2015 The Senate Appropriations Committee late last month approved a fiscal year 2016 appropriations bill funding the water...

2-Month HTF Extension Signed – What Now?

June 4, 2015 On Friday evening (May 29), President Obama signed into law the second short-term extension of the MAP-21 law (the bill...

Excerpts From the White House Statement of Administration Policy on House DOT Approps.

SAP issued June 1, 2015 Veto-worthy (1): “The President's senior advisors would recommend that he veto H.R. 2577 and any other...

Transportation-Related Amendments Offered to the FY16 THUD Bill in the House on June 3

(More amendments, all of which are “limitation” amendments (“no funds in this act may be used for such-and-such”) were offered...

House Starts Work on FY16 Transportation Appropriations

June 4, 2015 The House of Representatives has begun consideration of the fiscal year 2016 appropriations bill for transportation and...

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