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S. 1541 - Transportation Empowerment Act

Transportation and public works. 114th Congress (2015-2016) View bill details
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Summary:
A bill to empower States with authority for most taxing and spending for highway programs and mass transit programs, and for other purposes. (by CRS) 
Status:
The bill has been referred to committee. 
There have been no votes on this bill.

Transportation Empowerment Act

S. 1541 — 114th Congress (2015–2016)

Summary
A bill to empower States with authority for most taxing and spending for highway programs and mass transit programs, and for other purposes. (by CRS)
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Title
A bill to empower States with authority for most taxing and spending for highway programs and mass transit programs, and for other purposes.
Other Titles
  • Transportation Empowerment Act
  • Transportation Empowerment Act
Sponsor
Mike Lee
Co-Sponsors
Subjects
  • Transportation and public works
  • Air quality
  • Budget deficits and national debt
  • Commuting
  • Congressional oversight
  • Disability and paralysis
  • Environmental assessment, monitoring, research
  • Forests, forestry, trees
  • Government trust funds
  • Hybrid, electric, and advanced technology vehicles
  • Land use and conservation
  • Legislative rules and procedure
  • Motor fuels
  • Parks, recreation areas, trails
  • Pedestrians and bicycling
  • Public transit
  • Public-private cooperation
  • Regional and metropolitan planning
  • Research administration and funding
  • Research and development
  • Roads and highways
  • Sales and excise taxes
  • Transportation programs funding
  • Transportation safety and security
  • Wetlands
  • Wildlife conservation and habitat protection
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Major Actions
Introduced6/10/2015
Referred to Committee
Bill History

There have been no votes on this bill.

ActionDateDescription
Introduced6/10/2015
6/10/2015Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
6/10/2015Introduced in Senate
NumberSponsorDate OfferedStatus

Total contributions given to Senators from interest groups that…

3 Organizations Supported and 46 Opposed; See Which Ones

Organizations that took a position on
Transportation Empowerment Act

3 organizations supported this bill

Club for Growth
McIntosh, David (2015, July 23). Instead of Charging Motorists More to Feed a Broken System, Let's Fix the System. Retrieved July 27, 2015, from Club for Growth.
FreedomWorks
Siefring, Neil (2016, September 1). FreedomWorks’ Bill of the Month for September 2016: Transportation Empowerment Act. Retrieved September 2, 2016, from FreedomWorks.
Heritage Action for America
Heritage Action for America (2015, July 9). Co-Sponsorship of Transportation Empowerment Act (H.R. 2716). Retrieved July 9, 2015, from Heritage Action for America.

46 organizations opposed this bill

AAA
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
Agricultural & Food Transporters Conference
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
American Bus Association
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
American Concrete Pavement Association
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
American Highway Users Alliance
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
American Moving & Storage Association
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
American Road & Transportation Builders Association
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
American Society of Civil Engineers
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
American Trucking Associations
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved September 2, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
Associated Equipment Distributors
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
Associated General Contractors of America
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
Association of Equipment Manufacturers
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
Automobile Carriers Conference of ATA
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
California Trucking Association
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
Con-way
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
Corn Refiners Association
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
FedEx
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
Intermodal Motor Carriers Conference
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
International Foodservice Distributors Association
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
International Warehouse Logistics Association
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
Motorcycle Riders Foundation
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
National Association of Manufacturers
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
National Electrical Contractors Association
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved September 2, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
National Industrial Transportation League
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
National Ready Mixed Concrete Association
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
National Retail Federation
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
National Tank Truck Carriers
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
National Utility Contractors Association
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
Old Dominion Freight Line
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
Precast / Prestressed Concrete Institute
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
Retail Industry Leaders Association
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
Steel Manufacturers Association
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
Truck Renting and Leasing Association
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
Truckload Carriers Association
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
United Motorcoach Association
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
United Parcel Service (UPS)
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.
Werner Enterprises
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 29). Devolution is an ill-conceived proposal. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from American Concrete Pavement Association.

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Includes reported contributions to congressional campaigns of Senators in office during the 114th U.S. Congress, from interest groups invested in the vote according to MapLight, November 29, 2010 – November 28, 2016.
Contributions data source: OpenSecrets.org

Contributions by Legislator

Namesort iconPartyState$ From Interest Groups
That Supported
$ From Interest Groups
That Opposed
Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$18,050$331,010
Kelly AyotteRNH$369,382$675,265
Tammy BaldwinDWI$0$71,580
John BarrassoRWY$18,900$266,980
Michael F. BennetDCO$0$182,300
Richard BlumenthalDCT$0$75,450
Roy BluntRMO$130,836$802,123
Cory A. BookerDNJ$6,100$285,559
John BoozmanRAR$20,232$219,154
Barbara BoxerDCA$0$29,818
Sherrod BrownDOH$0$352,353
Richard BurrRNC$134,199$503,900
Maria CantwellDWA$0$103,789
Shelley Moore CapitoRWV$113,725$474,399
Ben CardinDMD$0$217,094
Tom CarperDDE$0$137,080
Bob CaseyDPA$10,000$294,712
Bill CassidyRLA$303,273$763,547
Daniel CoatsRIN$1,500$74,200
William Thad CochranRMS$7,250$319,503
Susan M. CollinsRME$21,650$259,700
Christopher A. CoonsDDE$0$93,800
Bob CorkerRTN$28,370$457,375
John CornynRTX$78,605$555,700
Tom CottonRAR$1,229,842$415,143
Mike CrapoRID$36,594$197,300
Ted CruzRTX$1,875,947$552,713
Steve DainesRMT$224,025$353,775
Joe DonnellyDIN$0$172,900
Dick DurbinDIL$0$262,554
Mike EnziRWY$0$167,300
Joni ErnstRIA$174,861$198,546
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$1,000$174,834
Deb FischerRNE$185,221$436,140
Jeff FlakeRAZ$1,342,999$307,460
Al FrankenDMN$0$109,159
Cory GardnerRCO$392,155$484,740
Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$-35$273,929
Lindsey GrahamRSC$48,088$455,927
Chuck GrassleyRIA$150,779$328,925
Orrin G. HatchRUT$21,500$357,915
Martin HeinrichDNM$0$48,850
Heidi HeitkampDND$0$81,385
Dean HellerRNV$129,337$369,212
Mazie K. HironoDHI$0$273,639
John HoevenRND$15,400$194,295
Jim InhofeROK$48,174$352,275
Johnny IsaksonRGA$35,445$391,225
Ron JohnsonRWI$796,764$591,012
Tim KaineDVA$100$164,649
Angus S. King, Jr.IME$0$47,450
Mark KirkRIL$207,275$352,670
Amy KlobucharDMN$0$238,398
James LankfordROK$142,490$378,527
Patrick J. LeahyDVT$0$30,700
Mike LeeRUT$727,234$206,875
Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$0$200,654
Ed MarkeyDMA$0$229,930
John McCainRAZ$171,070$363,020
Claire McCaskillDMO$0$185,035
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$228,606$968,685
Bob MenéndezDNJ$1,000$373,750
Jeff MerkleyDOR$0$104,550
Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$0$44,100
Jerry MoranRKS$7,700$327,799
Lisa MurkowskiRAK$38,750$326,100
Chris MurphyDCT$0$179,500
Patty MurrayDWA$0$385,297
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$0$275,813
Rand PaulRKY$447,992$242,356
David PerdueRGA$199,928$259,785
Gary C. PetersDMI$0$296,896
Rob PortmanROH$205,086$1,029,817
John "Jack" ReedDRI$0$94,600
Harry ReidDNV$0$81,450
Jim RischRID$45,587$71,070
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$92,967$539,577
Mike RoundsRSD$63,381$252,375
Marco RubioRFL$850,205$672,574
Bernie SandersIVT$0$12,720
Ben SasseRNE$691,801$230,390
Brian SchatzDHI$0$447,028
Chuck SchumerDNY$1,500$439,610
Tim ScottRSC$263,161$622,420
Jeff SessionsRAL$4,000$151,000
Jeanne ShaheenDNH$0$133,983
Richard C. ShelbyRAL$2,700$164,650
Debbie StabenowDMI$0$322,373
Dan SullivanRAK$596,373$321,240
Jon TesterDMT$0$128,650
John ThuneRSD$166,033$582,375
Thom TillisRNC$218,634$377,200
Patrick J. ToomeyRPA$1,278,152$889,413
Tom UdallDNM$2,000$82,295
David VitterRLA$1,500$252,600
Mark R. WarnerDVA$1,700$344,699
Elizabeth WarrenDMA$2,550$109,057
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$0$43,300
Roger F. WickerRMS$2,000$216,750
Ron WydenDOR$0$314,350

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NamePartyState$ From Interest Groups
That Supported
$ From Interest Groups
That Opposed
Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$18,050$331,010
Kelly AyotteRNH$369,382$675,265
Tammy BaldwinDWI$0$71,580
John BarrassoRWY$18,900$266,980
Michael F. BennetDCO$0$182,300
Richard BlumenthalDCT$0$75,450
Roy BluntRMO$130,836$802,123
Cory A. BookerDNJ$6,100$285,559
John BoozmanRAR$20,232$219,154
Barbara BoxerDCA$0$29,818
Sherrod BrownDOH$0$352,353
Richard BurrRNC$134,199$503,900
Maria CantwellDWA$0$103,789
Shelley Moore CapitoRWV$113,725$474,399
Ben CardinDMD$0$217,094
Tom CarperDDE$0$137,080
Bob CaseyDPA$10,000$294,712
Bill CassidyRLA$303,273$763,547
Daniel CoatsRIN$1,500$74,200
William Thad CochranRMS$7,250$319,503
Susan M. CollinsRME$21,650$259,700
Christopher A. CoonsDDE$0$93,800
Bob CorkerRTN$28,370$457,375
John CornynRTX$78,605$555,700
Tom CottonRAR$1,229,842$415,143
Mike CrapoRID$36,594$197,300
Ted CruzRTX$1,875,947$552,713
Steve DainesRMT$224,025$353,775
Joe DonnellyDIN$0$172,900
Dick DurbinDIL$0$262,554
Mike EnziRWY$0$167,300
Joni ErnstRIA$174,861$198,546
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$1,000$174,834
Deb FischerRNE$185,221$436,140
Jeff FlakeRAZ$1,342,999$307,460
Al FrankenDMN$0$109,159
Cory GardnerRCO$392,155$484,740
Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$-35$273,929
Lindsey GrahamRSC$48,088$455,927
Chuck GrassleyRIA$150,779$328,925
Orrin G. HatchRUT$21,500$357,915
Martin HeinrichDNM$0$48,850
Heidi HeitkampDND$0$81,385
Dean HellerRNV$129,337$369,212
Mazie K. HironoDHI$0$273,639
John HoevenRND$15,400$194,295
Jim InhofeROK$48,174$352,275
Johnny IsaksonRGA$35,445$391,225
Ron JohnsonRWI$796,764$591,012
Tim KaineDVA$100$164,649
Angus S. King, Jr.IME$0$47,450
Mark KirkRIL$207,275$352,670
Amy KlobucharDMN$0$238,398
James LankfordROK$142,490$378,527
Patrick J. LeahyDVT$0$30,700
Mike LeeRUT$727,234$206,875
Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$0$200,654
Ed MarkeyDMA$0$229,930
John McCainRAZ$171,070$363,020
Claire McCaskillDMO$0$185,035
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$228,606$968,685
Bob MenéndezDNJ$1,000$373,750
Jeff MerkleyDOR$0$104,550
Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$0$44,100
Jerry MoranRKS$7,700$327,799
Lisa MurkowskiRAK$38,750$326,100
Chris MurphyDCT$0$179,500
Patty MurrayDWA$0$385,297
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$0$275,813
Rand PaulRKY$447,992$242,356
David PerdueRGA$199,928$259,785
Gary C. PetersDMI$0$296,896
Rob PortmanROH$205,086$1,029,817
John "Jack" ReedDRI$0$94,600
Harry ReidDNV$0$81,450
Jim RischRID$45,587$71,070
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$92,967$539,577
Mike RoundsRSD$63,381$252,375
Marco RubioRFL$850,205$672,574
Bernie SandersIVT$0$12,720
Ben SasseRNE$691,801$230,390
Brian SchatzDHI$0$447,028
Chuck SchumerDNY$1,500$439,610
Tim ScottRSC$263,161$622,420
Jeff SessionsRAL$4,000$151,000
Jeanne ShaheenDNH$0$133,983
Richard C. ShelbyRAL$2,700$164,650
Debbie StabenowDMI$0$322,373
Dan SullivanRAK$596,373$321,240
Jon TesterDMT$0$128,650
John ThuneRSD$166,033$582,375
Thom TillisRNC$218,634$377,200
Patrick J. ToomeyRPA$1,278,152$889,413
Tom UdallDNM$2,000$82,295
David VitterRLA$1,500$252,600
Mark R. WarnerDVA$1,700$344,699
Elizabeth WarrenDMA$2,550$109,057
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$0$43,300
Roger F. WickerRMS$2,000$216,750
Ron WydenDOR$0$314,350

Interest Groups that supported this bill

$ Donated
Republican/Conservative$14,631,643

Interest Groups that opposed this bill

$ Donated
Public works, industrial & commercial construction$3,831,210
Industrial/commercial equipment & materials$3,706,819
Engineering, architecture & construction mgmt svcs$3,460,918
Trucking companies & services$2,545,921
Stone, clay, glass & concrete products$2,317,378
Sea freight & passenger services$2,090,518
Express delivery services$1,737,932
Steel$1,504,353
Auto manufacturers$1,351,111
Construction equipment$1,067,717
Electrical contractors$1,004,575
Retail trade$815,174
Manufacturing$635,786
Wheat, corn, soybeans and cash grain$620,750
Farm organizations & cooperatives$442,066
Food catering & food services$386,621
Transportation$358,950
Chambers of commerce$358,176
Wholesale trade$331,305
Motorcycles, snowmobiles & other motorized vehicle$319,005
Freight & delivery services$258,407
Warehousing$245,600
Sea transport$223,195
Bus services$182,517
Trucking$175,600
Automotive, Misc$123,045
Public official (elected or appointed)$113,000
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