April 23, 2021
  • 8:48 am Republicans Reveal Five-Year $568B Infrastructure Proposal
  • 11:45 am Joint Letter to Congress Calls for ‘Generational’ Infrastructure Investment
  • 11:44 am EPW Hearing Focuses on Highway Trust Fund Solvency Solutions
  • 11:43 am President Biden’s Preliminary FY 2022 Federal Budget Released
  • 11:41 am House T&I Republicans Issue Infrastructure Modernization Bill

A group of five key Republican senators unveiled a five-year, $568 billion infrastructure investment framework on April 22 to serve as an alternative to the $2.3 trillion American Jobs Plan proposed by President Biden on March 31. Those four senators are Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., ranking member on the Environment and Public Works Committee; Roger Wicker, […]

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The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and 17 other organizations sent a joint letter to key Congressional leaders on April 15 calling for more funding to close a $756 billion “investment gap” in the nation’s surface transportation system. [Above photo by the Michigan DOT.] “We request Congress to authorize $200 billion in […]

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The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works examined possible revenue solutions to ensure the solvency of the Highway Trust Fund during a hearing on April 14 – with much of the discussion focused on vehicle mile travelled or VMT user-fee funding methods. The committee heard from five witnesses: Joseph Kile, director of microeconomic analysis […]

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The preliminary fiscal year 2022 federal budget submitted to Congress by the Office of Management and Budget on April 9 contains few specifics on potential infrastructure funding focal points. [Above photo by the White House.] While the Biden administration is expected to release a full budget proposal in May, the initial discretionary budget outline highlights […]

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Republican members of the House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure issued a bill on April 14 that seeks to make infrastructure project reviews more efficient and reduce project costs while spurring economic recovery for the nation. [Above photo by the Architect of the Capitol.] They maintain the focus of Building U.S. Infrastructure through […]

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The U.S. Department of Transportation published a notice of funding opportunity on April 13 for $1 billion worth of fiscal year 2021 discretionary grants via the new Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity or RAISE program. [Above image via the USDOT.] The agency said in a statement that RAISE grant funding applications are due […]

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The Senate confirmed Polly Trottenberg as deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation by a vote of 82 to 15 on April 13. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation had approved Trottenberg for that position by a vote of 24 to 4 on March 24. Trottenberg most recently spent seven years as […]

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The Federal Railroad Administration is conducting what the agency calls the “first-of-its-kind” nationwide “disparity study” of small, minority-owned, and woman-owned businesses – seeking to determine whether the playing field is level for firms aspiring to win subcontracts from projects receiving FRA grants. [Above photo by the FRA.] The agency noted that it awarded more than […]

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The Department of the Interior plans to invest $1.6 billion in 2021 to address critical deferred maintenance projects, plus improve transportation and recreation infrastructure in national parks, national wildlife refuges, recreation areas, and at Bureau of Indian Education schools. [Above photo by the Interior Department.] That funding comes from the National Parks and Public Land […]

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The Ohio Department of Transportation plans to invest $1.92 billion into 956 transportation projects during the 2021 construction season to help improve statewide safety and mobility. [Above photo by the Ohio DOT.] The agency said its 2021 construction program includes improvements to 876 bridges and 4,596 miles of pavement, with 96 cents of every dollar […]

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