President Donald Trump is requesting an $810 billion, 10-year reauthorization of surface transportation programs as part of $1 trillion in direct federal spending on infrastructure over the next decade.
The proposal, released Monday as part of the president’s fiscal year 2021 budget proposal, includes $602 billion for highway infrastructure over 10 years, $20 billion for traffic and motor carrier safety, $17 billion for rail infrastructure, and $16 billion for Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loans and Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development grants.
The White House proposal falls well short, on an average annual basis, of the five-year, $760 billion transportation reauthorization strategy recently unveiled by House Democrats but would be more, on average, than the Republican-led U.S. Senate proposal of $287 billion over five years, which Trump pledged to support during his recent State of the Union address.
“We applaud the Senate for reporting out their bill in a bipartisan manner. We worked very closely with them on this proposal,” Federal Highway Administrator Nicole Nason told reporters after the budget was released. “We believe a 10-year proposal gives greater optionality for states for planning their projects.”
As part of the plan, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) would receive a 3.8% increase (to $403 million for 2021) in contract authority for Motor Carrier Safety Grants, which provide funding for states for roadside inspections and safety audits on new carriers. FMCSA would also receive a 3.8% bump (to $299 million for 2021) for operations such as its Compliance, Safety and Accountability Program.
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