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Transportation Empowerment Act

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Official Title as Introduced

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


Actions Overview (1)

Date Actions Overview
04/29/1997Introduced in House

All Actions (6)

Date All Actions
05/12/1997Referred to the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation.
Action By: Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
04/29/1997Referred to House Budget
Action By: House of Representatives
04/29/1997Referred to House Ways and Means
Action By: House of Representatives
04/29/1997Referred to House Transportation and Infrastructure
Action By: House of Representatives
04/29/1997Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and the Budget, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
04/29/1997Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

Cosponsors (16)


Committees (3)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Related Documents
House Transportation and Infrastructure04/29/1997 Referred to
House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Surface Transportation05/12/1997 Referred to
House Ways and Means04/29/1997 Referred to
House Budget04/29/1997 Referred to

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Introduced in House (04/29/1997)

Transportation Empowerment Act - Authorizes appropriations out of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) for the interstate maintenance program, the interstate and Indian reservation bridge program, the Federal lands highways program, public lands highways, parkways and park roads, highway safety programs, and highway safety research and development, through FY 2002.

Amends provisions regarding transferability of funds to authorize a State, upon determining that excess funds have been made available to the State for a purpose, to transfer the excess funds to, and use such funds for, any surface transportation purpose (including mass transit and rail) in the State. Specifies that if the Secretary determines that a State has transferred funds to a purpose that is not a surface transportation purpose, the amount of the improperly transferred funds shall be deducted from any amount the State would otherwise receive from HTF for the next fiscal year.

Repeals provisions regarding the apportionment formula for resurfacing, restoring, rehabilitating, and reconstructing the Interstate System and sets forth provisions regarding the apportionment of funds to the States for interstate maintenance. Authorizes appropriations for motor carrier safety grants.

Amends the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) to: (1) extend until October 1, 2002, the availability of HTF funds for authorized expenditures; (2) set a core programs financing rate for gasoline, special motor fuels, and diesel fuel; (3) establish in HTF an Infrastructure Special Assistance Fund; and (4) provide for the return of excess tax receipts to States for transportation purposes. Terminates transfers to HTF's Mass Transit Account on and after October 1, 1997.

(Sec. 6) Grants congressional consent to States to enter into interstate compacts to: (1) promote the continuity, quality, and safety of the Interstate System; (2) develop programs to promote and fund surface transportation safety initiatives and establish surface transportation safety standards; (3) conduct long-term planning for surface transportation infrastructure in, and develop design and construction standards for such infrastructure to be used by, participating States; and (4) establish surface transportation infrastructure banks.

Sets forth provisions regarding financing and authority of infrastructure banks.

(Sec. 7) Requires the head of each executive agency to: (1) assist State and local governments in efforts to privatize the transportation infrastructure assets of the State and local governments; and (2) approve requests from State and local governments to privatize transportation infrastructure assets and waive or modify any condition relating to the original Federal program that funded the asset.

Sets forth provisions regarding criteria for approval of requests, the lack of a State or local obligation to repay Federal grant funds for assets that are privatized, the use of proceeds from the privatization of a transportation infrastructure asset, and cost recovery.

(Sec. 8) Amends the IRC to reduce taxes on gasoline, diesel fuel, and special fuels funding HTF.

(Sec. 9) Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 10) Directs the Secretary to report to the Congress describing necessary technical and conforming amendments.

(Sec. 11) Makes this Act contingent upon certification by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget that this Act is deficit neutral and meets specified requirements regarding discretionary spending limits.