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Representatives Takano, García, and Pressley Launch Future of Transportation Caucus
Representatives Mark Takano (CA-41), Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04), and Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) launched the Future of Transportation Caucus, which will be dedicated to creating a new vision for the future of transportation. The caucus will emphasize a transportation system that promotes equity, access, and sustainability. The first order of business for the caucus will is a series of briefings and forums to generate awareness and policy discussions including sustainability, safety, and improved connectivity. Members in the caucus want to refocus discussions on transportation issues that go beyond funding. They want to improve the understanding of the profound impact that transportation infrastructure and planning can have on communities, access to critical jobs and services, and the environment.
Letter From Senator Barrasso to Senator McConnell Regarding Electric Vehicle Tax Credit
Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to express his concerns over legislative efforts to extend the electric vehicle (EV) tax credit. In the letter, Barrasso urges McConnell to oppose these efforts, citing a report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) that found up to $81.7 million dollars in inaccurate tax credits that were claimed for ineligible vehicles, from tax years 2013 to 2017.
Senate Transportation-HUD Spending Bill Vote
The fiscal 2020 Transportation-HUD spending bill (S. 2520) is included in a four-bill minibus package on which the Senate will hold a procedural vote Tuesday and a possible final vote by Thursday. According to a statement, Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL.) plans to offer a substitute amendment to the House-passed minibus (H.R.3055), which would provide $86.6 billion in total budgetary resources for the Transportation Department. Spending highlights for the transportation bill include $46.3 billion in obligations for the Highway Trust Fund, $2.7 billion discretionary appropriations for highway programs, $17.7 billion for the Federal Aviation Administration, $2.8 billion for the Federal Railroad Administration; $13 billion for the Federal Transit Administration and $904 million for the Maritime Administration.