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.

Senate Finance Panel Explores HTF Options at Hearing

June 25, 2015 On June 18, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing exploring the funding challenges associated with the future of...

Senate Panel OK’s FY16 DOT Appropriations

June 25, 2015 The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a bill providing $55.6 billion in new discretionary spending for...

Section-by-Section Summary of the DRIVE Act (S. 1647) As Reported From the EPW Committee

TITLE I – FEDERAL-AID HIGHWAYS Subtitle A – Authorizations and Programs Sec. 1001. Authorization of appropriations. Authorizes...

Senate Public Works Panel Approves 6-Year, $278 Billion Highway Bill: Now They Wait For Someone Else To Fund It

June 25, 2015 The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee yesterday approved, by a unanimous vote of 20 to 0, a highway...

Senate Panel Moving Homeland Appropriations, THUD On Deck Next Week

June 18, 2015 The full Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to meet today to consider a draft bill funding the Department of...

Eno’s One-Stop HTF Reference Page Now Available

June 18, 2015 The Eno Center for Transportation has assembled a one-stop reference page for Highway Trust Fund issues, which is...

Ways and Means Committee Examines Long-Term HTF Solvency

June 18, 2015 The House Ways and Means Committee held the first of several upcoming Congressional hearings yesterday to examine...

Waiting Game on Highways Continues

June 18, 2015 Highway stakeholder groups are anxiously awaiting the release of a bipartisan bill negotiated by the senior members of...

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...

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