House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster said he favors user fees including a vehicle miles tax to pay for a long-term U.S. highway bill that would extend for at least five years.
Congress’s partisan divide over tax increases is jeopardizing action on a long-term highway bill backed by industry groups, raising the risk that the U.S. will run out of money to pay for projects next year.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he believes motorists are distracted by any use of mobile phones while driving, including hands-free calls, as his department begins research that may lead him to push for a ban.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood slapped down Reuters for reporting a few weeks ago that he wants “a federal law to ban talking on a cell phone or texting while driving any type of vehicle on any road in the country.”
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives shouldn’t pass a transportation proposal that would end dedicated funding from gasoline-tax revenue for mass transit, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said he expects Congress to give final approval to a long-term authorization of the Federal Aviation Administration, which has been on a temporary footing since 2007.