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house Bill H.R. 3819

Extending the Highway Trust Fund for One More Month to Reach a Long-Term Solution

Argument in favor

It's unrealistic to expect a long-term solution for transportation funding to materialize in two days before the most recent extension expires. This bill would give Congress a chance to get a permanent fix done in November and end the cycle of short-term patches.

AndrewGVN's Opinion
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10/27/2015
We need a permanent solution, and Congress [sadly] needs more time to get an agreement done on the matter.
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Donald's Opinion
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10/27/2015
Yes as long as the requirements of the act are met.
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Bfallen07's Opinion
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10/28/2015
We need a Speaker of the house with balls! Stand up to the sissies on Penn Ave !
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Argument opposed

There’s been far too much kicking the can down the road in Congress recently. There is a bipartisan consensus that something longer-term must be done for transportation funding: put a long-term fix up for a vote or let it expire until the long-term fix is passed.

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10/27/2015
“That’s just not how the greatest country [in the world] does business... I guarantee you that’s not how China, Germany and other countries around the world handle their infrastructure.” [equipmentworld.com]
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01/05/2016
Get your job done! Quit kicking the can down the road!
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Burnetta's Opinion
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10/27/2015
More than enough time to get things done. You take too long. Do nothing but talk. You should not get a pay check unless items get done. Just my opinion
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  • EnactedOctober 29th, 2015
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed October 28th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
  • The house Passed October 27th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Energy
      Committee on Natural Resources
      Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
      Highways and Transit
      Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedOctober 23rd, 2015

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What is House Bill H.R. 3819?

This bill would fund highway and transportation projects through the Highway Trust Fund until November 20, 2015. The program’s spending authority is currently set to expire on October 29, 2015. The bill’s sponsors hope that a three-month extension will give members of Congress enough time to reach a long-term agreement on highway and transportation funding.

All of the programs receiving funding under this legislation would receive pro-rated amounts based on the number of days in the fiscal year and the length of the extension.

The Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s highway safety programs and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s programs would be funded and reauthorized through the end of the extension.

Overall funding for public transportation during the extension would be $1.197 billion between October 1 and November 20, 2015.

Appropriations for programs related to the transportation of hazardous materials during the extension would total $5.958 million.

The deadline for implementing Positive Train Control (PTC) — which is a system of automated brake controls that slow trains — would be extended from the end of 2015 until 2018.

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. 3819

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Upon introducing this bill, Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) — the Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee — cited the need for a longer-term fix and his hope that this legislation would provide both chambers of Congress the necessary time to reach such a solution:

"Last week, the Transportation Committee unanimously approved the bipartisan, multi-year Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015. We look forward to voting on that bill in the House sson and then going to conference with the Senate on their highway bill. I am confident that we can resolve the differences between the House and Senate measures and producing a final product that’s good for our Nation’s infrastructure.  This extension will allow the highway bill process to continue moving forward without shutting down transportation programs and projects across the country."

There has been concern surrounding the looming PTC deadline, as freight railroads have begun announcing that they would suspend shipments of dangerous chemicals before the end of the year as PTC will not be installed on the requisite 70,000 miles of track.


Of Note: A
previous 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.

More recently, the House has considered an extension through December, while the Senate extensively debated a six-year extension. 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 the end of October. The House Transportation Committee passed its own six-year extension of the Highway Trust Fund on October 22, which will likely be considered in November.

AKA

Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2015

Official Title

To provide an extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund, and for other purposes.

    “For too many years, we’ve underfunded our nation’s physical infrastructure. We have to change that and that’s what the Rebuild America Act is all about. We must modernize our infrastructure and create millions of new jobs that will put people back to work and help the economy.” [washingtonpost.com]
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    “That’s just not how the greatest country [in the world] does business... I guarantee you that’s not how China, Germany and other countries around the world handle their infrastructure.” [equipmentworld.com]
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    “It means we should invest more in our country so our country can give more back more to us and to our children and to our grandchildren,” [kcrg.com]
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    We need a permanent solution, and Congress [sadly] needs more time to get an agreement done on the matter.
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    More than enough time to get things done. You take too long. Do nothing but talk. You should not get a pay check unless items get done. Just my opinion
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    Why don't we just wait and allow the default too come to us? Taxpayers are always the butt.
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    Get your job done! Quit kicking the can down the road!
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    Yes as Obama tried for 8 years..
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    We need a Speaker of the house with balls! Stand up to the sissies on Penn Ave !
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    Quit kicking the can down the road, it benefits no one to do so. Fund the program and creat jobs by fixing infrastucture.
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    Congress has been sitting back too long when it comes to infrastructure funding, not only is America's infrastructure failing but it has cause outrageous incidents such as the Minneapolis-Saint Paul bridge collapse, we need to find our infrastructure more and get it back to the safety standards set in place
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    Do your jobs and STOP asking for extensions
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    This is a vitally important bill for the safety of our transportation system and our citizens. It should be regarded as such by our current legislators.
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    Right, kick it down the pothole filled road.
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    Congress needs to do their damned job. They have known for years that they need develop a funding mechanism for the highway trust fund. America used to be a great nation. But the "greatest generation" is all dead, and we are now dealing with the spoiled me first generation of the baby boomers, and their even more selfish children and grand children.
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    It used to be a great country until Barack Obama took over. I am responding to his Nay vote!!
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    Yes as long as the requirements of the act are met.
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    my grandmother said a half a loaf of bread better than no bread and this is not do or die probably should have given themselves more time than a month
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    ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! Do youR jobs and earn that exorbitant top 1% salary that you draw and work some overtime to get the job done. WE THE PEOPLE GROW TIRED OF CONGRESS' LACK OF RESPONSIBILITY THROUGH EXTENSION AFTER EXTENSION OF BILL AFTER BILL.
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    Stop trying to control highways from the Federal level. Let the states decide. Each has so many layers of waste but it is a little easier to control what projects get done and what does not.
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