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      house Committees
      House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
      Highways and Transit
      House Committee on Ways and Means
      House Committee on the Budget
    IntroducedNovember 14th, 2013

What is it?

Would lower the gas tax that currently pays for most federal transportation projects from 18.4 cents-per-gallon to 3.7 cents in five years. During the same time period, the bill would transfer authority over federal highways and transit programs to states. This concept is known as  "devolution" in transportation circles. The current transportation funding bill, a $109 billion measure that was passed in 2012, expires in September. 


Has the potential to affect ground vehicle transportation in every city and state in the country.


A CBO cost estimate is not available at this time.

More Information


The Hill: The TEA Bill in Detail; Co-Sponosor Justification 

Tax Foundation: State Gasoline Tax Rates as of 1/1/13

Of Note: 

-A related article from The Hill states: 

The highway trust fund, which is used to pay for road and transit projects, is traditionally filled by revenue collected from the 18.4 cents per gallon federal gas tax. Infrastructure expenses have outpaced receipts for the gas tax by about $20 billion annually in recent years however, and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has [said the] project fund will run out of money this fall. 
The gas tax brings in approximately $34 billion per year. However, the last transportation bill approved by Congress in 2012 included more than $50 billion in infrastructure spending, which advocates say is barely enough to scratch the surface of the nation's road and transit needs.

-The identical Senate version of this bill is S. 1702


Transportation Empowerment Act

Official Title

To empower States with authority for most taxing and spending for highway programs and mass transit programs, and for other purposes.

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