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house Bill H.R. 22

A Six-Year Plan to Fund America’s Highway System

Argument in favor

A six-year funding solution for the nation’s highway system would eliminate the uncertainty that has dragged on for too long. It may not solve all the nation’s transportation problems, but it’s a compromise that is better than the status quo.

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11/09/2015
"And yes, those folks and large corporations will have to pay under a Sanders administration more in taxes so that we can use that revenue to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, create the jobs we need, make sure that every kid who has the ability is able to get a college education in America because public colleges and public universities will be tuition-free." [cnn.com]
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11/09/2015
“Twenty-first century businesses need 21st century infrastructure — modern ports, stronger bridges, faster trains and the fastest Internet. Democrats and Republicans used to agree on this. So let’s set our sights higher than a single oil pipeline.” [usnews.com]
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04/08/2015
This bill ensures that veterans, who often have health care through the VA or DOD, don’t count against a small business’ employee number, for purposes of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). This would give an incentive to hire veterans. Please click the green “Yea” button, to tell your elected official to pass this bill.
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Argument opposed

This legislation doesn’t do nearly enough to increase funding for highways and other transportation infrastructure because it is unwilling to raise taxes. The U.S. needs greater investment in highways than this legislation provides.

Nikki's Opinion
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11/03/2015
This needs to be done by raising taxes, not cutting programs
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ElizabethWarren's Opinion
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11/09/2015
"Infrastructure is necessary to keep this country running. It helps businesses succeed, and when businesses succeed, they create more jobs and more opportunities for everyone. Infrastructure is an investment in our future." [my.elizabethwarren.com]
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Bryan's Opinion
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07/30/2015
Stop trying to make life harder for veterans.
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bill Progress


  • EnactedDecember 4th, 2015
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed December 4th, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 83 Yea / 16 Nay
      senate Committees
      Committee on Finance
  • The house Passed December 3rd, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 359 Yea / 65 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedJanuary 6th, 2015

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What is House Bill H.R. 22?

Update October 30, 2015: This bill was co-opted through the amendment process from its original form to serve as the legislative vehicle for highway funding.

Originally, this bill was known as the Hire More Heroes Act, and would have given employers the option of whether or not veterans with other health insurance (TRICARE, DoD, or VA) would be counted in employee totals for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Under the ACA, "large employers" (50 or more employees) are required to provide health insurance to all employees. Small businesses, however, are not. This bill then served as the legislative vehicle for  a group of tax-extension bills commonly known as the EXPIRE Act.

Currently, this legislation is the legislative vehicle for the Senate’s DRIVE Act, which authorizes federal funding for highways and highway safety construction programs for fiscal years 2016-2021.

For transportation infrastructure projects, bridges and large facilities of national importance would be prioritized, as would the Interstate System and National Highway System. Competitive grants would be made available for the funding of regionally important projects.

There are no tax increases in this legislation, and all spending is fully offset with spending reductions or changes in other federal programs. The amount of funding authorized for each state to receive in each fiscal year for highway projects would increase.

Public transportation funding would be made available at a greater level for local and urban projects involving bus facilities, fixed rail systems, while overall funding would be increased by more than $2 billion over previous levels.

The Federal Permitting Improvement Act would be included in this legislation, which enhances coordination between government agencies during the permitting process for projects requiring federal review. It is limited to economically significant capital projects that need investment of more than $200 million. Further, this provision also places time limits on environmental and judicial reviews on covered projects.

Impact

Anyone who uses roads and highways, businesses and agencies that repair and manage roads, the Dept. of Transportation, and the HTF administrators.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 22

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The CBO estimates that this legislation would not increase spending, and would increase revenues by $17 million over the 2016-2025 period.

More Information

Of Note: The Highway Trust Fund has already received several short-term extensions in 2015. The first extension for the Highway Trust Fund was introduced on May 14, 2015 and provided for funding until the end of July. It was signed into law on May 28, and various longer-term proposals were being discussed that the time — which ranged from providing additional funding sources for the HTF for a six-year fix to letting the HTF expire. Congress then agreed to another short-term extension in July, funding the HTF through October 2015.

More recently, the House considered an extension through December, while the Senate extensively debated a six-year extension known as the DRIVE Act. However, the House has expressed a strong preference to have its own long-term proposal in the fall, which led to the passage of a short-term patch through late November, which was the 34th extension the HTF had received. The House Transportation Committee passed its own six-year extension of the HTF on October 22, which was combined with the DRIVE Act to produce this legislation.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user davidwilson1949)

AKA

Driver Privacy Act of 2015

Official Title

An act to authorize funds for Federal-aid highways, highway safety programs, and transit programs, and for other purposes.

    "And yes, those folks and large corporations will have to pay under a Sanders administration more in taxes so that we can use that revenue to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, create the jobs we need, make sure that every kid who has the ability is able to get a college education in America because public colleges and public universities will be tuition-free." [cnn.com]
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    This needs to be done by raising taxes, not cutting programs
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    "The only one to fix the infrastructure of our country is me - roads, airports, bridges. I know how to build, pols only know how to talk!" [twitter.com/realdonaldtrump]
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    “Twenty-first century businesses need 21st century infrastructure — modern ports, stronger bridges, faster trains and the fastest Internet. Democrats and Republicans used to agree on this. So let’s set our sights higher than a single oil pipeline.” [usnews.com]
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    "Infrastructure is necessary to keep this country running. It helps businesses succeed, and when businesses succeed, they create more jobs and more opportunities for everyone. Infrastructure is an investment in our future." [my.elizabethwarren.com]
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    This bill ensures that veterans, who often have health care through the VA or DOD, don’t count against a small business’ employee number, for purposes of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). This would give an incentive to hire veterans. Please click the green “Yea” button, to tell your elected official to pass this bill.
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    Stop trying to make life harder for veterans.
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    “We made our public schools the best in country “not by doing less, but buy doing more” and invested in infrastructure — “not only water and wastewater, but in roads and transit, school construction.” [kcrg.com]
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    How many veterans die while waiting for care? They need true medical care, not the abuse from the va
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    I am all for making the United States infrastructure stronger. However, this bill clearly states that there will be NO TAX INCREASES instead there will be PROGRAM CUTS. We don't need social program funding to be cut for this bill to be introduced. We need the taxes to increase (especially for the wealthy) to fund this plan.
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    It is the backbone of our country
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    We should ALL be free from the pernicious results of the Half-Ordure-Bull Scare Act.
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    Obamacare is unconstitutional and is a socialist entity. No one should be forced to participate in this illegal organization, especially veterans.
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    Like all others before great Idea but falls short to actually help the people and create more jobs. The funding gets out to the companies but it's not tied to any mandatory hiring they just extend out the projects to guarantee their work without expansion. Mass hiring for the local population in each location and projects must be done to expedite the work and actually get money in the pockets of the local men and women it may be temp work but it will get the money where it is needed and most effective in getting people out of the struggles, poverty, homelessness ect.. After the depression when they first started highways system/infrastructure projects every able bodied man in these locations was granted work. That is what brought individuals out of hardships and strength to rise up. It instilled great pride in the communities to say to everyone WE here built this together! In other words unless they hire large percentage of local worker they do not get the contracts No exceptions.
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    This needs to be done by raising taxes, removing caps on taxes and eliminating loopholes and giveaways to corporations that don't need it, NOT cuting pr
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    The argument that "it doesn't do enough" is not a reason to reject it. It does more than we're doing now, and in a way that we won't even raise taxes. Our highway system is completely bankrupt, so we need to fund them immediately. Enough with the bickering and pass a bill that funds our deeply insolvent public transportation.
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    This is one of the few actual Federal responsibilities. Of course it should be funded
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    America's infrastructure is outdated and needs to keep up with the rest of the world.
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    Because it makes good business sense. People talk about preserving family wages jobs; this will do it!
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    I think our Veteran's are given a dirty deal all the way around. They defend this great country, and we support our enemies, and take from our own Military. This is wrong and I'm against what they are doing
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