H. R. 5797, To amend title 23, United States Code, with respect to funding the recreational trails program, to require a study to determine the best available estimate of the total amount of nonhighway recreational fuel taxes received by the Secretary of the Treasury, and for other purposes.

Summary: To amend title 23, United States Code, with respect to funding the recreational trails program, to require a study to determine the best available estimate of the total amount of nonhighway recreational fuel taxes received by the Secretary of the Treasury, and for other purposes. (Cosponsors, Bipartisan)

ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION:  Representative Craig Cosponsored the bill on 02/06/20.

STATUS: Introduced 02/06/20 by Rep. Welch, Peter [D-VT-At Large].

INFORMATION RELATED TO THE BILL:

  • “Vermont has unparalleled natural beauty that provides Vermonters and tourists alike year-round opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors,” said Welch. “Boosting federal funding for this important program will ensure that Vermonters will experience the joy of hiking and exploring our scenic trails for many years to come.”

    Welch’s bill will more than double RTP funding to at least $250 million. The program is modeled after the Highway Trust Fund and is funded through taxes paid on gasoline used to fuel snowmobiles, ATVs, and other recreational vehicles that do not use highways.  The program is currently funded at $84 million annually, which is substantially less than is collected in taxes on fuel used by these vehicles. (Source: Rep. Welch, Press Release, 02/06/20)

ADDITIONAL DETAIL: 

Link to the text of the bill.

Link to bill information (support and opposition) on Countable.

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