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senate Bill S. 1702

Eliminating Federal Funding of Transportation Projects

Argument in favor

Empowers states by allowing them to keep and control their gasoline tax revenues and set their own infrastructure priorities.

Argument opposed

Roads to nowhere are paved with good intentions. States would be forced to raise gas taxes, making the tax higher than current levels.

bill Progress

  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Finance
    IntroducedNovember 14th, 2013

What is Senate Bill S. 1702?

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.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 1702

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 House version of this bill is H.R. 3486.


Transportation Empowerment Act

Official Title

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

    Most roads are used by drivers from all states with gas bought from other states. Example someone could fill their tank in Connecticut and pass through Rhode Island and most of Massachusetts without getting fuel in that state. This issue would create tolls at all states, when we the tax payer is over taxed already. The issues that need to be fixed here is most likely corrupt contractors using cheap asphalt on the roads that doesn't last long. We should hold contractors and corrupt politicians accountable and to have a warranty on their work.