Highway Trust Fund

Government, Business, Fuel

Gas Tax Pause Would Have Little Effect on Road Funds, Biden Says

President Joe Biden Biden's statements June 21 seemed to be a hint he would press Congress for the federal tax holiday. (Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg News)

President Joe Biden and a top economic aide preemptively defended a potential suspension of the federal gasoline tax, saying it wouldn’t hurt road-building projects and that savings would be passed on to consumers — the latest signal Biden is leaning toward urging Congress to pause the levy.

June 21, 2022
Government, Fuel

ATA Commends Caucus’ User Fee Funding Approach

Chris Spear "User fees are the most practical and politically viable solution to our infrastructure funding woes," American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear says. (Erin Granzow for American Trucking Associations)

A U.S. House caucus’ legislative funding strategy that considers an increase to fuel taxes for infrastructure systems garnered praise from the country’s premier trucking association.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
May 5, 2021
Government, Business, Fuel

Highway Bill Coming in March, Rep. Peter DeFazio Tells AASHTO

Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) speaks at AASHTO House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Peter DeFazio addresses the AASHTO gathering. (Eugene Mulero/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats’ version of a bill that would update highway operations around the country will be unveiled in March, the leader of the U.S. House of Representatives’ highway panel indicated Feb. 26.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
February 26, 2020
Government, Business, Fuel

US Chamber Renews Calls for Fuel Tax Increase

U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Ed Mortimer Ed Mortimer urges Senate panel to raise the diesel and gas tax to replenish the Highway Trust Fund. (Via banking.senate.gov)

WASHINGTON — The expiration this fall of the country’s central highway policy law means that its reauthorization must be urgently addressed by Congress, Ed Mortimer, transportation director at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, told a Senate committee Feb. 25.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
February 25, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Top Congressional Republicans Press for Action on Highway Bill

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) by Susan Walsh/Associated Press

Congress resumes its legislative agenda amid recent calls from Republican leaders on the transportation committees for passage of a highway bill meant to update a law expiring in seven months.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
February 20, 2020

2020 Presidential Candidates Silent on Fuel Tax for Highway Trust Fund Fix

Bernie Sanders In 2017, Sanders joined Senate Democrats in supporting the Blueprint to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure plan, which called for a $1 trillion investment in infrastructure. (CNN via YouTube)

Since their “victories” in the Iowa caucuses, Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Mayor Pete Buttigieg rarely have mentioned their proposals aimed at repairing the country’s networks of roads and bridges. Sanders occasionally has insisted on the need to repair potholes and improve freight connectivity. Buttigieg’s campaign has focused on attacking President Trump. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
February 10, 2020

Infrastructure Week Spotlight Shines on Nancy Pelosi

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi Speaker Nancy Pelosi says her caucus is making legislative room for a highway bill that would address climate change. (Real Time With Bill Maher via YouTube)

House Democrats appear determined to advance a highway measure. That would include the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee looking into funding measures. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
January 28, 2020
Government, Business, Fuel

FHWA Nominee Nicole Nason Says All Options on the Table for Infrastructure Funding

FHWA nominee Nicole Nason FHWA nominee Nicole Nason (c-span.org)

WASHINGTON — When policymakers craft their next transportation reauthorization bill, they should consider every available tool that would result in long-term funding for infrastructure projects, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Federal Highway Administration told a Senate panel Jan. 29.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
January 29, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Infrastructure Failing as Funding Remains Elusive, Experts Say

Infrastructure Failing Crete's Tonn Ostergard (left), ATRI's Rebecca Brewster and ATA's Bob Costello address the crowd during an education session. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

AUSTIN, Texas — The Highway Trust Fund, struggling to stay relevant amid a shifting transportation environment, can be fixed with more money flowing in from fuel sales, trucking industry experts said as they advocated for repairing and expanding the nation’s infrastructure.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
October 29, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Staffers for Key Transportation Lawmakers Consider Funding Solutions

Miles Chiotti and Jon Bosworth Miles Chiotti (left) and Jon Bosworth. (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers will likely start seriously exploring a solution for the diminishing Highway Trust Fund next year, according to Miles Chiotti, legislative director for Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.)

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
July 19, 2018