About the bill
The average national gas price is currently $2.12 per gallon —down about half from the July 2008 peak of $4.11 per gallon. Recently gas prices had fallen for 50 of 51 days. Sounds like great news? Not entirely. Some Members of Congress think it represents a potentially missed opportunity that, if Congress fails to act now, may never come up again.
The issue is that the federal Highway Trust Fund is underfunded, to the point that it’s projected to run out of cash on hand this month. The American Society of Civil Engineers projects a $846 billion gap just in the next five years alone between what the country has budgeted to pay for roads, bridges, and transit and what those projects will actually cost. As …
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Representative for South Carolina's 7th congressional district. Republican.
Last Updated: Jul 8, 2015
Length: 15 pages
114th Congress (2015–2017)
This bill was introduced on July 8, 2015, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.
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What legislators are saying
“Rice Statement on Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, Part II”
— Rep. Tom Rice [R-SC7] (Sponsor) on Jul 15, 2015
“Congressman Rice Introduces Long-Term Fix for Highway Trust Fund”
— Rep. Tom Rice [R-SC7] (Sponsor) on Jul 9, 2015
Jul 8, 2015
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H.R. 2971 (114th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 2971. This is the one from the 114th Congress.
This bill was introduced in the 114th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 3, 2017. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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Highway Trust Fund Certainty Act, H.R. 2971, 114th Cong. (2015).
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