1978 Scorecard Vote
Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1978 (S 3073). The vote is on the Huddleston amendment to authorize an additional $100 million for both fiscal 1979 and 1980, from the Highway Trust Fund, for the rehabilitation of roads damaged by the transportation of "energy resources". This funding would be in addition to that already in the highway bill. The amendment would apply mainly to roads used for hauling coal, to repair damages caused by overweight trucks. Thus it was an indirect subsidy to the coal and trucking companies. It is usually more energy-efficient to haul the coal by rail. The Administration opposed the amendment. Rejected 37-51; August 21, 1978. No is the correct vote.