Federal Relief and Transportation Funding Tracking

Use this grid to track various bills for COVID-19 stopgap funding and FAST Act reauthorization as they make their way through the U.S. Congress. View the MAA Call to Action for more information on contacting your congressional representatives and messaging.

Chamber: Senate

  • $287B in highway spending from the Highway Trust Fund over five years (27% over current FAST Act)
  • Increased funding for Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects program
  • $259B for formula programs to maintain and repair America’s roads and bridges
  • $6B over five years, including $3.3 billion from the Highway Trust Fund for bridge repair
  • New safety funding supplemental of $500 million per year distributed to states based on their current formula share to support projects that would lower driver and pedestrian fatalities

Read NAPA summary here.

Status: Sent to Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) for consideration on July 30, 2019. Committee provided a report to Senate on January 8, 2020. Senate Commerce, Senate Banking and Senate Finance need to vote to move the legislation to the Senate floor.

Track here.

Chamber: House

  • $15B in stopgap funds for state departments of transportation
  • $28.5B in operating assistance funding for transit
  • $238B in flexible funding to help state governments cope with the fiscal impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic; local governments would get $179B

Status: Passed House May 15, 2020. Sent to Senate where it has had two readings. The Bill is scheduled to be considered in the House Committee of Financial Services June 30, 2020. Track here.

Chamber: House

  • $494B over five years to make transformative infrastructure investments in surface and rail transportation
  • $411B over five years out of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) for highway, transit, safety, and research programs (a 46% increase over current investment levels)
  • $319B for the Federal-aid highway program under the Federal Highway Administration
  • $105B for transit programs under the Federal Transit Administration
  • $5.3B for highway safety programs under the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • $4.6B for motor carrier safety programs under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
  • $60B for rail programs

Read NAPA summary here.

Status:  Passed the House July 1, 2020 on a vote of 233 to 188. 162 amendments were considered and passed. The legislation moves to the Senate.

On July 14, 2020, the House Appropriations Committee approved the FY2021 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) bill, which is consistent with the funding request in the INVEST in America Act.

Track here.

Chamber: House

  • Reauthorizes FAST Act programs at current levels
  • Reauthorizes Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects
  • Reauthorizes the National Highway Freight Program
  • Allows a limited number of states the option to treat all federal funds they receive under the Federal-Aid Highway Program as having been apportioned in a lump sum

Status: Did not pass Committee. Read more here.

Chamber: Senate

Establishes congressional rescue committees to develop recommendations and legislation to improve critical social contract programs, such as the highway trust fund.

  • Creates Congressional leadership-appointed “Rescue Committees”—one per trust fund.
  • Ensures Rescue Committees would forge bipartisan consensus by requiring at least two members of each party to report legislation.
  • If a Rescue Committee reports a qualifying bill for its trust fund program:
    • Expedites the path for consideration in both chambers
    • Maintains the 60-vote threshhold prior to final passage in the Senate

Status: Introduced to Senate on October 29, 2019. Needs to be considered by a committee before it can be considered for a vote. Track here.

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