2015

Click on the headings below to view the full legislative update for that date.

  • Congress Moves Forward on FY2016 Appropriations Bill

    December 18, 2015

    Earlier this week, Congress released the text of the negotiated omnibus spending bill, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016. The bill provides funding for the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2016, and includes a number of policy provisions as well.

  • Summary of FAST Act & Update on FY2016 Appropriations

    December 11, 2015

    FAST ACT On December 4, 2015, the President signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015. The FAST Act is a 5-year authorization bill for surface transportation programs, including the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (M

  • Congress Approves 5-Year Highway Bill

    December 4, 2015

    As expected, the final surface transportation reauthorization, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015, passed both the House and Senate and is now waiting for the President’s signature. It’s still unclear whether he will sign it

  • Highway Bill Conference Report Language Filed in House

    December 1, 2015

    Earlier today, the Conference Committee filed final language in the House of Representatives, which will initiate the final round of votes on the highway bill, H.R. 22 – the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015. The language will

  • Congress Passes Short Term Highway Extension

    November 19, 2015

    Earlier today, the Senate passed H.R. 3996, the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2015. The bill, first approved by the House on November 16, extends the current surface transportation program through December 4. The extension is necessary becaus

  • Highway Bill Conference Committee Formed; Bill Summaries

    November 12, 2015

    On November 10, 2015, the Senate agreed to go to Conference with the House on the highway bill and named its Conferees for the process. House Conferees were named immediately following House passage of the Surface Transportation Reauthorization & R

  • House Approves Highway Bill

    November 5, 2015

    This morning, the House voted to approve the Surface Transportation Reauthorization & Reform Act of 2015. Once the House bill has been updated with all the amendments that were agreed to on the House floor, the bill will be transmitted to the Senat

  • Congress Approves Short-Term Extension of Highway Programs

    October 29, 2015

    On Wednesday, the House passed a 22-day extension of highway program authority. The Senate followed suit, passing the extension Thursday afternoon. Authority was scheduled to run out later today, October 29, 2015. The extension, which runs through Nove

  • Highway Bill Update; House and Senate Summaries & Comparison

    October 26, 2015

    On Friday, House leadership unveiled another short-term extension for highway programs. This extension would last 22 days and is meant to give Congress a little more time to reconcile the House and Senate bills and agree to a long-term funding solution

  • House Holds Surface Transportation Bill Markup

    October 23, 2015

    On Thursday, October 22, 2015, the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee held a hearing to markup H.R. 3736, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015. As drafted, the motor carrier title of the bill is very simila

  • House releases Surface Transportation Proposal

    October 19, 2015

    On Friday, the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee released the text of the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015. The bill is the House companion to the Senate’s DRIVE Act, which was passed earlier this summer.

  • FY 2016 Funding and Highway Bill Updates

    October 1, 2015

    Yesterday, the House passed and the President signed a short term Continuing Resolution (CR) that will keep government programs operating through December 11, 2015. The Senate passed the CR on Wednesday. The ‘clean CR’ sets funding at current FY2015 le

  • Senate Approves DRIVE Act

    August 3, 2015

    On Thursday, the Senate passed the DRIVE Act, the chamber’s reauthorization proposal. The bill provides program authority for six years, but funding for only three, and includes a motor carrier title. Some changes have been made since the July 17 Legis

  • Deadline for Highway Extension Looms

    July 24, 2015

    With the July 31, 2015 deadline for extending highway programs approaching, the House and Senate remain at odds over a path forward. The House has already passed a five-month extension through mid-December. The Senate, meanwhile, continues to work on p

  • Reauthorization

    July 17, 2015

    There have been a number of legislative developments on Capitol Hill in the last few weeks. This year, which includes a transfer of about $8 billion from the General Fund, in order to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent through the life of the extensio

  • Congress Passes Two Month MAP-21 Extension

    May 26, 2015

    On Saturday, May 23, 2015, Congress passed legislation extending the current transportation authorization for two months, through the end of July. The Senate passed the measure a few days after the House approved it, prior to leaving town for the Memor

  • Update – March 4th Senate Commerce Hearing

    March 9, 2015

    On Wednesday, March 4, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation’s Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security held a hearing, entitled “Surface Transportation Reauthorization – Ov