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NASHTU Notes

June 15, 2021

T&I Committee Passes Massive Surface Transportation Bill

Last week, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (T&I) passed – after a 17-hour hearing – its surface transportation authorization out of committee.  The current authorization, the FAST Act, expires September 30, 2021.

The Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America Act (INVEST in America Act) is a five-year, $547 billion surface transportation authorization bill.  The bill includes $343 billion for highways, roads, bridges, and transportation safety, $109 billion for transit, and $95 billion for rail and freight rail.  The funding levels for highways, roads, bridges and safety are 54 percent higher than was authorized in the FAST Act.

Now that the authorization has passed out of the T&I Committee, it is now up to the House Ways and Means Committee to agree on a funding mechanism to pay for the bill before the full House will have a chance to consider the bill.

The surface transportation authorization is also progressing in the Senate.  In late May, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee advanced the Highway Title of the surface transportation bill.  The Senate version included $303.5 billion for highways, roads, and bridges, which represents a 34 percent increase in current funding levels.  The Senate EPW committee only has jurisdiction over the Highway Title of the bill.  Other Senate committees are responsible for writing the Funding, Transit, Rail and Safety titles of the authorization.

Importantly, there are no outsourcing mandates or incentives included in either the House or Senate versions of the bill.

NASHTU will continue to work with members and staff in both houses on reauthorization priorities to ensure that transportation funds are spent efficiently and in the public interest.

More Information:

Read the bill – INVEST in America Act

INVEST in America Act: Section-by-Section Analysis

INVEST in America Act: Fact Sheet


2020 NASHTU Conference – Canceled

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, the 21st Annual NASHTU Conference – scheduled for April 20-22, 2020 in Washington D.C. – has been canceled.

Given the uncertainty about the length of the crisis, and given the limited congressional calendar in an election year, it is simply not possible at this time to reschedule the conference for this year.

We will be refunding any registration fees paid to date.  Please contact the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill at 202/737-1234 to cancel your room reservations.

We look forward to seeing you at the NASHTU conference in the spring of 2021.  If you have any questions, please contact NASHTU at nashtu@nashtu.us.