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Legislative Update: FY17 Omnibus Appropriations bill

The text of the FY17 Omnibus Appropriations bill was released. The bill includes $43,266,100,000 in obligation authority for FAST Act highway programs in FY17, an increase of $905 million over FY16 levels. Continue reading

Highway Bill Conference Report Released

Congress has released the conference report on the final five-year highway bill, which is now entitled the FAST Act (“Fixing America’s Surface Transportation” Act) – click here. Continue reading

The Highway Users Supports the DRIVE Act

Highway Users President & CEO Greg Cohen spoke at a press conference with “The Big 4″ Senators on the Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW). Chairman Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member Boxer (D-Calif.), Subcommittee Chairman Vitter (R-La.), and Senior Subcommittee Member Carper (D-Del.) and other industry leaders rallied support for the DRIVE Act, a new highway bill that provides sustainable long-term funding through 2021. The Committee approved the bill unanimously by 20-0 vote on June 24th.

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Highway Bill Extension Will Provide Funding Until Spring 2015

The House insisted on its version of the highway funding extension (HR 5021), which contains $10.8 billion in funding for MAP-21 programs, enough money to last until approximately May 2015. Continue reading

Supporting H. Con. Res. 52 to Halt Federal Truck Tax Hike

The Highway Users added support for a Ribble-Walz Resolution to halt the imposition of a higher Federal excise tax on heavy-duty trucks. We were among 11 supporting organizations that added backing to the National Automobile Dealers Association American Truck Dealers Division which took the lead on the effort.
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The Highway Users Supports OCS Governors Coalition

The Highway Users showed its support for the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Governors Coalition who offered OCS as a source of information and advocacy on relevant issues to members of Senate Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard Subcommittee. Continue reading

Advocating for Safe Bridges

The Highway Users issued a support letter for the Safe Bridges Act, which would authorize $5.5 billion for structurally deficient, functionally obsolete and fracture critical bridges. Continue reading

Supporting Partnership to Build America (HR 2084)

The Highway Users has issued a letter of endorsement for HR 2084, the Partnership to Build America Act. This legislation would loans, loan guarantees and equity for infrastructure projects. Continue reading

Highway Users Endorses House THUD Approps Bill

The Highway Users issued a letter of endorsement for the House THUD (Transportation and Housing & Urban Development) Appropriations bill. Continue reading

Highway Bill Prospects Suddenly Improve

Major bicameral progress has been reported over the past 48 hours on the highway sections of the reauthorization bill. After a leadership meeting that included House Speaker Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Reid, intensive negotiations commenced between Conference Committee Chairman Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Cal.) and Vice Chairman Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.). Continue reading

Broun Motion to Cut Highway Funding Defeated by Vote of 82-323

The Highway Users is pleased to report that the House overwhelmingly defeated the Broun (R-Ga.) motion to slash highway funding in fiscal year 2013. Only 82 of the House’s 242 Republicans voted for the dangerous measure. Continue reading

Congress Passes Six-Month Highway Bill Extension

The Highway Users is pleased that both the House and Senate have overwhelmingly passed a six-month, clean extension of the 2005 highway bill at current funding levels. The House passed the bill by voice vote, while the Senate recorded a vote of 92 to 6. This bill will keep highway programs authorized through March 31, 2012. In the meantime, we urge Congress to pass a robust, new multi-year highway bill with reforms and streamlining. Continue reading


The Highway Users has endorsed H.R. 2324 and S.510, the ROADS SAFE Act. This legislation would fund promising research to passively detect drunk drivers before they ever turn the ignition key. Continue reading

Supporting the Senate’s MAP-21 Highway Bill

On July 21st, Highway Users President & CEO Greg Cohen testified before the Senate Enviornment & Public Works Committee to advocate strong support for the bipartisan MAP-21 bill. Continue reading

Older Driver and Pedestrian Safety and Roadway Enhancement Act

In early May 2011, Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA) introduced HR 1776, the Older Driver and Pedestrian Safety and Roadway Enhancement Act of 2011. This critical safety legislation aims to improve roadway conditions for older drivers and pedestrians. Bill text. Continue reading

High Risk Rural Roads Safety Act

HR 2107, the High Risk Rural Roads Safety Act of 2011, has been issued to improve roadway safety on rural roads. Bill text. Continue reading

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