Rep. Bill Shuster's infrastructure discussion draft would temporarily raise federal fuels taxes for the ailing Highway Trust Fund while a newly created commission would determine how to ensure its long-term solvency.
Three Republican senators have introduced legislation that would slash federal spending for transportation and federal fuels taxes and put more responsibility on states for transportation infrastructure and all mass transit projects.
Transportation lobbyists and researchers discussing surface transportation finance during an Infrastructure Week webcast were unanimous in saying that Congress should lift the general prohibition on tolling interstate highways.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao heard bipartisan criticism from lawmakers for the administration’s failure to fully fund the Highway Trust Fund and was told the White House plan for privatizing the Federal Aviation Administration won’t pass Congress.
City and state groups credited Congress for supporting programs the administration wanted zeroed out, including the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grants program, which will get $2.6 billion.