Topics: Rest Area Commercialization

Looking Ahead: It's 2022


NATSO Analysis: Infrastructure State of Play

The Senate recently approved both the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the FY2022 budget resolution.  The infrastructure bill includes, among other things, a five-year reauthorization of highway programs, as well as $7.5 billion for alternative fuel infrastructure grants, the bulk of which are likely to go to electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. The budget resolution unlocks a process whereby Democrats can pass an up to $3.5 trillion bill filled with Democratic priorities that can pass the Senate with a simple majority vote.  NATSO expects Congress this year to approve both the bipartisan infrastructure bill as well as a separate reconciliation bill that includes Democratic social welfare priorities as well as corporate and individual tax hikes and various "green" energy tax incentives. More

Senate Passes Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Without Rest Area Commercialization Provisions

The U.S. Senate on Aug. 10 voted 69-30 to pass a historic, $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that did not include any provisions which would upend the longstanding federal law prohibiting commercial activity, including electric vehicle (EV) charging, at Interstate rest areas. More

Senate Advances Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

The Senate on the evening of July 28 voted 67-32 to proceed to a bipartisan infrastructure bill that was the product of weeks of negotiations among a core group of 10 senators (five Democrats and five Republicans). The deal, which has the backing of President Biden, includes $550 billion in new federal spending (compared with the $578 billion figure initially agreed upon in June) and more than $1 trillion in total spending (the rest coming from anticipated federal investments in highways and roadways that Congress must authorize every year. More

Senate EPW Unveils Surface Transportation Reauthorization Plan

Senate EPW Unveils Surface Transportation Reauthorization Plan

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unveiled a five-year, $303.5 billion Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act of 2021 plan on May 22, after President Biden reduced the size of his $1.7 trillion infrastructure and jobs plan by about a quarter in a bid to advance negotiations with Republicans. STRA marks a 34 percent increase over current funding levels, with 90 percent of funds allocated to states through formula funding. More

Pilot Testifies on Behalf of NATSO for House Committee Hearing on Business Solutions to Climate Change

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on March 17 held a four-hour hearing on business solutions to climate change. The Committee, which invited NATSO to testify, effectively kicked off the first of a series of hearings that will undoubtedly lay the groundwork for Congress to draft infrastructure legislation in the coming months.  Representing NATSO was Pilot Company CEO Shameek Konar. More

Business and Community Leaders Urge 117th Congress to Oppose Commercial Rest Areas

NATSO, representing truckstops and travel plazas, and a diverse coalition that includes restaurants, fuel retailers, city governments, trucking firms and blind entrepreneurs today urged lawmakers to oppose efforts to commercialize Interstate rest areas as Congress considers infrastructure legislation. More

Looking Ahead: 2021

Managing the coronavirus pandemic and vaccine distribution are bound to remain the top priorities for President-elect Biden when he takes his oath of office on January 20. But Biden’s Administration is also expected to focus heavily on several issues that are of top priority to NATSO and the truckstop and travel plaza industry. Here’s a look at why these issues matters for NATSO’s members and what we’re focusing on this year. More

Rep. DeFazio Says Biden Team Planning Quick Action on Infrastructure

The Biden campaign is eyeing action on an infrastructure package as soon as February, if the former vice president wins the election, Rep. Peter DeFazio said on Oct. 7 during an ITS America conference.  More

Congress Eyes Surface Transportation Extension

With current surface transportation law set to expire Sept. 30, lawmakers in the House and the Senate are eyeing a 12-month extension to the FAST Act. More

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