Legislative update: House, Senate conferees meet on highway bill

House, Senate conferees meet on highway bill

Conferees from the House and the Senate met November 18 as part of the process of ironing out a conference agreement on a long-term highway bill. The Senate passed its version of the legislation on July 30, 2015. The House passed its version on November 5, 2015.

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Both the House and Senate bills would:

  • Authorize appropriations for highway spending through fiscal year 2021
  • Generally extend for seven years the excise taxes that are dedicated to the highway trust fund (including the excise taxes on highway fuels, heavy trucks and trailers, and tires)

The two versions of the bill also include provisions that would: (1) allow passports to be denied or revoked in the case of certain seriously delinquent tax debts; (2) allow private debt collectors to collect outstanding inactive tax receivables; (3) establish a special compliance personnel program account within Treasury; and (4) adjust certain customs fees for inflation.

 

Read the statutory language of the House bill and Senate bill

What’s next?

Once the House and Senate conferees agree to a conference agreement for the bill, that agreement would need to be approved by both the House and the Senate (i.e., each chamber would need to pass the same bill).  The legislation then would then be sent to the president. 

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