Tags: transportation funding

McConnell: “We’re not going to raise the gas tax”

Jul 09, 2015

McConnell: “We’re not going to raise the gas tax”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) said transportation legislation could be on the floor next week as the July 31 Highway Trust Fund expiration looms. McConnell also backed off of the idea that Congress would pass a long-term transportation bill and rejected ...

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More than half of Americans thinks Congress needs to increase spending on roads and bridges

Jul 06, 2015

More than half of Americans thinks Congress needs to increase spending on roads and bridges

A new poll found that that 53 percent of Americans want the federal government to spend more on the nation's highways. The poll, conducted the Associated Press and GFK, revealed that while most think Congress should up the spending on roads and ...

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NSSGA urging people to talk to lawmakers about passing a transportation bill during “Driving It Home 2015″

Jul 02, 2015

NSSGA urging people to talk to lawmakers about passing a transportation bill during “Driving It Home 2015″

The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association wants people to take advantage of the Fourth of July break in Congress to talk to their representatives or senators about passing a long-term transportation bill. The NSSGA is calling the push "Driving It Home ...

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Full Senate Appropriations Committee approves transportation, HUD bill making it available for full Senate consideration

Jun 25, 2015

Full Senate Appropriations Committee approves transportation, HUD bill making it available for full Senate consideration

The Senate Committee on Appropriations in a 20-10 vote has approved the FY2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill that had been given the nod by subcommittee earlier this week. The full Senate will now consider the bill. “The American ...

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Senate appropriations subcommittee approves $55.65 billion spending bill for transportation and housing

Jun 23, 2015

Senate appropriations subcommittee approves $55.65 billion spending bill for transportation and housing

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development has approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill, which will now be turned over to the full committee for consideration on June 25. The bill ...

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A bipartisan group of Senators introduced a new six-year highway bill

Jun 23, 2015

A bipartisan group of Senators introduced a new six-year highway bill

Another Highway Trust Fund deadline is fast approaching, and the looming loss of funds has some U.S. Senators reaching across the isle to get a deal done. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), Barbara Boxer (D-California), David Vitter (R-Louisiana) and Tom Carper (D-Deleware) ...

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House Majority Leader on gas tax increase: ‘Let’s think of something else’

Jun 22, 2015

House Majority Leader on gas tax increase: ‘Let’s think of something else’

The House Majority Leader thinks lawmakers on Capitol Hill should come up with alternative funding for transportation because a gas tax increase isn't politically feasible. Kevin McCarthy (R-California) said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that highway funding is a "major ...

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House Ways & Means hearing highlights universal desire for long-term transportation funding, division over source of finances

Jun 17, 2015

House Ways & Means hearing highlights universal desire for long-term transportation funding, division over source of finances

Members of the House Ways and Means committee agreed in the June 17 long-term Highway Trust Fund (HTF) financing hearing that action and solutions are needed as soon as possible, but diverged in their thoughts on the methods of providing ...

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Senate Democrats are threatening to block any short-term highway plan

Jun 16, 2015

Senate Democrats are threatening to block any short-term highway plan

  Democrats in the U.S. Senate dropped an ultimatum on Republicans Tuesday, threating to block any short-term extension of highway funding in favor of a long-term solution. The Hill reported that Democrats are giving the GOP 45 days to agree on a ...

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Pelosi hints at approval for trade package if Republicans support long-term transportation funding

Jun 15, 2015

Pelosi hints at approval for trade package if Republicans support long-term transportation funding

The trade adjustment assistance (TAA) bill shot down by members of the House last week might get support from Democrats if Republicans were to get behind bigger transportation funding efforts, according to Nancy Pelosi (D-California). The Hill reported the House Minority ...

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Illinois cuts several road projects from letting

Jun 12, 2015

Illinois cuts several road projects from letting

The Illinois Department of Transportation had to cut $103 million in road projects from a letting June 12 because the state still doesn’t have a budget for FY 2016. IDOT Secretary Randy Blankenhorn had to pull seven projects planned for this ...

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Lawmakers file bill to get rid of the federal gas tax completely

Jun 11, 2015

Lawmakers file bill to get rid of the federal gas tax completely

As the future of federal transportation funding remains up in the air, two Republican lawmakers have filed a bill that would take the feds out of the road business permanently. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Florida) filed the ...

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