House Rules Change Will Undermine Highway Trust Fund Spending – Urgent Action Necessary
of the first actions of the incoming House Republican majority next
week will be to adopt revised rules for operating the chamber in 2011
and 2012. In releasing
the proposed rules the House Republican leadership indicated that the
changes are intended to increase transparency and make it easier to cut
federal spending. Among the proposed rules is a repeal of the TEA-21
guaranteed funding requirement for annual federal
highway investment and the House point of order that enforces the
These guaranteed investment levels are based on revenue flowing into the Highway Trust Fund (HTF).
to the adoption of this rule in 1998, it was common for Congress to
limit HTF spending to offset deficit spending in other part of the
overall federal budget.
Because HTF spending was limited the balance grew and highway users
were not receiving the benefit of the fees they paid for highway
improvements. TEA-21 restored “Trust” to the Highway Trust Fund by
assuring all highway user fees were used for their intended
purpose: investment in surface transportation improvements.
Republicans will vote on this package of rule changes on Tuesday, January 4, 2011.
are urged to contact House Republicans and point out the damage this
rule change would have on state transportation programs, the
industry and employment.
has posted a letter to the Legislative Action Center for your use in
conveying this message to your Representative. Please take the
time to send a message today. The time is short and it is vital that
your Representative hear from you.The letter can be accessed here.
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