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February 4, 2019

FHwA Nominee Nason Says All Transportation Funding Options Are On The Table

FHwA Nominee Nason Says All Transportation Funding Options Are On The Table

At her nomination hearing for FHwA Administrator, Nicole Nason said the Trump Administration will work with Congress to develop a long-term transportation funding solution.

When it comes to long-term infrastructure funding, Nicole Nason, President Trump's nominee to head the Federal Highway Administration, told a Senate committee last week that "All options are on the table right now for the administration."

In her nomination hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Nason specifically mentioned a vehicle-miles-travelled system and public/private partnerships, but added “I think there are a variety of options.”

With the FAST Act surface transportation program ending in September, 2020, Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) told Nason that solving transportation funding is an urgent matter.

“Our Highway Trust Fund is going broke. Last year, we spent about $13 billion more from the Highway Trust Fund than we collected in revenues. Next year, that deficit will be even greater.”

Nason has worked at the Department of State, headed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration during the George W. Bush Administration, was chief attorney for former Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, and served as an assistant commissioner at U.S. Customs and Border Protection.


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