Unfinished Policy, Funding Issues Echo Across Summer Congressional Recess

While another short-term patch to the Highway Trust Fund and a long recess gives Congress time away from Washington without stopping highway projects, many officials and infrastructure investment advocates are using this month to highlight funding issues. In Lincoln, Neb., on Aug. 12, Sen. Deb Fischer hosted meetings with U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and local officials to discuss infrastructure needs and visit a major highway interchange project. Fischer, who chairs a Senate surface transportation subcommittee, also co-authored with Foxx more »


Carper Commits to #FixtheTrustFund One Gallon at a Time

August 11, 2015 –On Aug. 5, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) introduced the Tax Relief and #FixTheTrustFund For Infrastructure Certainty (TRAFFIC) Relief Act, which would raise the national gasoline and diesel taxes to fund infrastructure investment. Carper, a leading voice for highway investment on Capitol Hill, is the second ranking Democrat on the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee and chairs the panel’s transportation & infrastructure subcommittee. The bill would raise the federal user fee on gasoline by four cents over more »


Tax Committees Hold HTF Hearings, More Planned

June 23 — With the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) set to go broke by the end of July, lawmakers on both sides of the Capitol are scrambling to find long-term revenue for a multiyear highway bill. Unfortunately, at the outset of the hearing, Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) immediately took a user fee increase off the table and laid the groundwork for another short-term extension paid for through general fund transfers.  Nonetheless, former Missouri Governor Bill Graves, now American Trucking Associations’ more »


Lawmakers Get the Message: Tax Committees Plan HTF Hearings

June 16, 2015 — On June 17 and 18, the House Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Finance respectively, will hold hearings to discuss options to fund the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) long term. Without congressional action, the HTF won’t be able to meet current investment obligations past July. Unsurprisingly, considerable disagreement remains over potential solutions. Proposals include increasing the federal gas tax (AED and the broader business community’s preferred option), transferring funds from the general more »


High Energy: Congress Sends President Keystone Bill; House Advances Energy-Focused Bills

Legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline is on its way to the president’s desk for the first time, though a presidential veto looms and the path forward for the project is uncertain. On Feb. 12, the House passed the Senate-approved version of the Keystone XL Pipeline Act (S. 1), 270-152.  By taking up the Senate’s version of the bill, the House avoided a potentially lengthy process of reconciling the Senate’s Keystone legislation with a more streamlined bill passed by more »


High Energy: Senate Approves Keystone While House Advances Energy Focused Bills

 On Jan. 29, AED scored a victory when the Keystone XL Pipeline Act (S. 1) was approved by the Senate, 62-36.  Nine Democrats joined 53 Republicans to support the bipartisan measure.   In the past few weeks, the Senate adopted several modifications to the original legislation through the chamber’s newly-reinstated open amendment process.  Consequently, the House must now decide whether to pass the Senate legislation or attempt to reconcile differences between S. 1 and the House-passed bill (H.R. 3) in more »


Sanders Introduces Bill to Rebuild America’s Crumbling Infrastructure

On Jan. 27, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced far-reaching legislationto rebuild America’s crumbling network of roads, bridges and transit systems and other infrastructure projects. The five-year plan would invest $1 trillion and create or maintain at least 13 million decent-paying jobs, said Sanders, the Senate Budget Committee ranking member. The legislation is co-sponsored by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), the ranking member of the appropriations committee, and it is backed by the American Society of Civil Engineers, the AFL-CIO and others. more »


Boxer Unrelenting on ’14 HTF Fix

While most of Congress is focused on winning elections, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) made clear that surface transportation infrastructure policy is above politics. Boxer, in a letter to House Ways & Means Committee leadership, reiterated her commitment to “find a long-term, bipartisan solution for the Highway Trust Fund this year.”  While many lawmakers are content to deal with the Highway Trust Fund’s (HTF) insolvency next spring, AED believes Congress should address the situation during more »


Boxer Reiterates Desire for HTF Fix in 2014

While most of Congress is focused on winning elections, Senate Environment & Public Works Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) made clear that surface transportation infrastructure policy is above politics. Boxer, in a letter to House Ways & Means Committee leadership, reiterated her commitment to “find a long-term, bipartisan solution for the Highway Trust Fund this year.”  While many lawmakers are content to deal with the Highway Trust Fund’s (HTF) insolvency next spring, AED believes Congress should address the situation during more »


President Signs HTF Patch

On August 8, President Obama signed legislation (H.R. 5021) to keep highway and transit construction money flowing to the states through May 2015. The Highway Trust Fund (HTF) patch bill, which passed the House and Senate in late July (click on the links to see how your members of Congress voted), has been AED’s top legislative priority for months.  The federal highway program alone supports more than $2.4 billion in equipment market activity and an estimated 4,000 dealership jobs around more »


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