House T&I Committee Submits Outline of Highway Bill

March 30, 2011

As expected, the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee is looking to low-ball its version of the next long-term highway bill. The Committee recently submitted its outline to the House Budget Committee, and is calling for spending cuts, program streamlining and facility consolidation. It will reject the President’s proposed $556 billion bill over six years.

The House T&I Committee also is in favor of a “user-financed” approach instead of the current system that relies on gas-tax revenue to support the Highway Trust Fund. A gas-tax increase to help fuel the next long-term bill also is being rejected, as are future transfers from the general fund to support the transportation program.

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Source: Roads & Bridges