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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.


September 9, 2020

Fast Act, Other Transportation Deadlines Loom as Congress Returns

With Congress set to return from their August recess this week, there are several critical transportation items on their to-do list prior to the end of the federal fiscal year.  Most importantly for NASHTU members, the current surface transportation authorization – the FAST Act – is set to expire on September 30, 2020.

Without Congressional action, highway projects across the nation could grind to a halt as the Federal Highway Administration would lack the necessary Congressional authorization to administer and provide federal funding for transportation programs.  Such a scenario could significantly hamper economic recovery efforts as states and localities continue to deal with the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an article in Roll Call.

Both the House and the Senate remain far apart on how to move forward with the surface transportation authorization.

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in July of 2019 passed a $287 billion, five-year surface transportation bill, but three other Senate committees with jurisdiction – Commerce, Science and Transportation, Housing and Urban Affairs, and Finance – have yet to act on their parts of the bill.

The House passed a five-year, $494 billion bill on July 20 of this year on a party line vote.  Senate Republicans have no plans to take up the House bill.

With so little time between the return of Congress next week and the September 30 deadline, an extension of the current surface transportation authorization seems to be the most likely outcome.

In the Roll Call article, a spokesman for Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), the Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, was quoted as saying, “The first priority must be providing the certainty of a long-term extension, but Congress also needs to work together to ensure transportation projects around the country are not halted due to the economic and operational impacts on state transportation funding caused by the pandemic.”

In addition to the surface transportation bill, Congress is also facing September 30 deadlines to extend certain airline and transit programs that were created to alleviate the impacts of the steep revenue declines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more in Roll Call.