Entries by Nadine Westcott

Transportation lobby hopes for new stimulus

September 28, 2011 (Politico) — The transportation construction lobby — not exactly the sexiest special interest in Washington — is nonetheless primed to pave Capitol Hill with an aggressive campaign aimed at scoring what could be a massive stimulus for the struggling industry.  Read the full story.

Obama signs highway funding, FAA extension

September 16, 2011 (The Hill) — After an unexpected second round of congressional squabbling over funding for the Federal Aviation Administration and highway programs, President Obama has signed the bill passed by lawmakers this week to extend both through next year.  Read the full story.

House Prepares to Vote on Extension

September 13, 2011 (DC Streets Blog) — In a couple of hours, the House will vote on the transportation extension bill – under unanimous consent rules. That means a single vote in opposition could delay passage. Read the full story.

Boxer Files Highway Trust Fund Extension

September 6, 2011 (Journal of Commerce) — Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California, filed legislation extending Highway Trust Fund programs until the end of the year, heeding President Obama’s call for “clean” extensions of critical transportation funding programs.  Read the full story.

Why Might a SAFETEA-LU Extension Be Delayed?

September 5, 2011 (Transportation Issues Daily) — The federal highway/transit bill expires at midnight September 30.  If political differences prevent result in the legislation expiring (presumably for only a short period of time), thousands of private sector construction workers could be furloughed as highway and transit projects across the country are shut down.  Read the […]

Obama Pushes Transportation Bills

August 31, 2011 (Politico) — President Barack Obama called Wednesday for Congress to quickly pass bills to continue funding highways and air travel, saying it would be “unacceptable” and “inexcusable” for Washington politics to lead to the loss of as many as a million jobs.  Read the full story.

Hurricane Irene Exposes Creaky American Infrastructure

August 30, 2011 (Huffington Post) — In the winter of 1992, a nor’easter sent a storm surge over the floodwall guarding the southern tip of Manhattan. Seawater quickly overwhelmed major roadways and New York City’s subway system, shutting down the entire subway for nearly 10 days.  Read the full story.

Legislative Prospects for the Transportation Bill: An Update

August 22, 2011 (Infrastructure USA) — The continuing stalemate over FAA funding offers a foretaste of what awaits us in September when Congress will get down to discussing the transportation bill. Only the stakes will be much higher and the consequences of a deadlock much more serious. That is the sober assessment offered by seasoned […]